2012 Seresin "Rachel" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Biodynamic)
Flavoursome Pinot Noir with good flesh on its bones. My first impression is of fruit sweetness and ripe plum and my last is more spicy and herbal, with sappy tannins promoting a drying finish. I also get a savoury, smoky bacon character and a hint of new leather. Moderately complex wine with a character all of its own.
This is a big, rich style of Pinot, with toast, vanilla and bacon marking the nose. While the palate delivers more black cherry fruit, it still remains savory overall. It's slightly chewy on the finish, so drink 2017-2025.
Bright, dark red. High-pitched peppery perfume to the aromas of raspberry and spices. Concentrated and deep, conveying a restrained sweetness to the flavors of raspberry and saline minerality. This savory, very tactile wine finishes with suave but serious tannins and terrific length. Built to age. (ST)
A blend of different vineyards (even though there is a block called Rachel). 14% new French barriques for 15 months. Vines thinned to keep yields down to 3 tonnes/ha. TA 5.7 g/l, pH 3.7. 2,000 bottles produced. Light but definite stemmy character, ie slightly herbal but also something savoury (though no stems are included in the ferment). This is firm and compact but right in the middle is a sweetness of fruit that tells you you are in Marlborough. Deep ruby. Fine peppery aroma and firm tannins. A great tension here but you are seduced by the sweetness of the fruit. Just so much energy and beauty. Velvety texture but it's firm, compacted velvet. Much more to come. 17.5+/20 points (JH)
Juicy and lithe, with a hint of orange peel to complement the black cherry, black pepper and clove flavors, this boasts good intensity and velvety tannins. Drink now through 2025. (MW, Web-2016)
Wow! I was so impressed by this wine during a recent tasting with Seresin's winemaker Clive Dougal. 2012 was a longer more drawn-out vintage with cooler conditions late in the season allowing extended hang time. The complex flavors that developed during this period is evident in this wine. This is a dense, rich Pinot with considerable weight and structure. Lovely exotic fruit in the darker berry spectrum, savory earth notes, meat, toasted spices and truffle. Though the front palate is rich and full this wine has plenty to say on the finish too. Great natural acidity draws out the smoky earthy flavors long and fine with hints of fruitcake and bergamot. Delicious, complex and formidable Pinot; drinking great now but certainly has years ahead of it too.