2009 Seresin "Reserve" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (Biodynamic) (Previously $40)
Is this New Zealand's priciest Sauvignon? Old vine fruit was whole-bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeasts, 30% in old French oak barriques for five months. The result is an intense and complex wine with a great, mouth-filling texture. Assertive yeast and oak characters. Great food wine. It's a bold statement that moves well away from the typical Marlborough style.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow. Passion fruit and gingery oak spices on the nose, complicated by a sweaty saline character (from the wild yeasts?). Rich, ripe, tactile and sweet, with an almost gamey wildness in the mouth. Full without being weighty thanks to its gingery lift. Finishes long and surprisingly dry, with palate-dusting minerality. Serious juice. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc was 30% fermented in old oak where it was aged for 5 months. It gives pleasant yeasty, elderflower and cassis notes with a touch of funkiness, sweat, plus some gooseberry and chalk. Crisp with great concentration and a nice texture, this is a well balanced medium to full body Sauvignon with a long finish. (LPB)
Intense herbal, gooseberry and floral flavors mingle with grapefruit and citrus notes on a crisp frame. Flavors become more powerful on the finish, when the herbal accents fade away, leaving a core of juicy citrus. (Web-2011)
I recently tasted this wine with Seresin's winemaker, Clive. The wine was an absolute stunner. It once again illustrated to me the incredible ageability of NZ Sauv Blanc. The wine was so fresh; if tasted blind I might have said 2012/13 vintage...but no! This is 2009, a seven-year-old bottle of Sauv Blanc. Sourced from the oldest and most revered parcel of vines on Seresin's estate. Cropped very low for concentration, hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented with wild yeast. The wine gets extended lees contact for five months in neutral oak. The wine sings with minerality like the finest Sancerre. The texture is both mouthfilling but focused and linear all at once...no sign of premature oxidation, tons and vibrancy and drive. Just stunning. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L New Zealand Wine Buyer)