2012 Seresin "Rachel" Pinot Noir Marlborough (Biodynamic)

SKU #1264509 93 points Bob Campbell

 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.  (8/2015)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (7/2016)

91 points Vinous

 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)  (5/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (9/2015)

Wine Spectator

 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)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2016 | Send Email
Very impressive Pinot from Seresin. This is serious, deep, structured Pinot made to age and develop in bottle. Tasting great right now but has a long life ahead still. From select parcels of fruit in all three of Seresin's estate vineyards but mostly from Raupo Creek vineyard in the southern valleys. Lots of saturated dark fruit, earth, truffle and leaf litter. Powerful but not in a brawny or over-extracted way. Certainly not a fruit bomb style, just one of depth, layers and concentration. A really engaging, complex bottle of Pinot.
Drink from 2016 to 2026

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.