Seresin Rachel Pinot Noir 2014
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
95 Points by Cameron Douglas
A blend from all three vineyard sites, Rachel is named after Michael Seresin’s mother. The nose exhibits aromas of black cherry, truffle and chocolate. The palate is concentrated and full, with a dense core of rich fruit, alongside savoury spice and herbal notes, all underpinned by silky-fine and mouth coating tannins. Long on the finish, with a cleansing acidity, this is a poised, yet powerful wine.
"The 2014 growing season saw minimal frosts in early spring and perfect conditions for flowering and fruit set. The season continued to be warm and settled until after the new year solstice when temperatures started to cool. This long stable weather pattern allowed for a longer than usual ripening period until the fruit reached optimal ripeness for harvest.
The main portion of fruit for this wine is derived from our clay-rich hillside ‘Raupo Creek’ vineyard, in the Omaka Valley, with the balance coming from the alluvial shingles of the Tatou vineyard. Each vine is hand-tended throughout the season to create a balanced canopy and optimise fruit quality."
Fruit was hand-picked, destemmed and cooled. After pre-fermentation steeping, the juice was warmed and fermented with wild yeast, and the caps hand-plunged twice a day during fermentation. The wine was left on skins for 2 weeks of post-ferment maceration, then drained, lightly pressed and transferred to French oak barriques, of which 7% were new. The wine went through natural malolactic fermentation during 18 months maturation, before it was bottled unfiltered and unfined.
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