2008 Seresin Estate Rachel Pinot Noir

2008 Seresin Estate Rachel Pinot Noir

95Pts Huon Hooke.  A top NZ Pinot, big and fruity. 

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2008 Leah Pinot Noir

 

VINEYARD: The fruit comes from our clay rich hillside Raupo Creek vineyard, the alluvial shingles of our Tatou vineyard and the Home vineyard, which is made up of a variety of Waimakariri type soils of alluvial origin. Eight different parcels were hand-picked between April 2 and April 19.

 

CLONES: 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, 6, 5 and 10/5



VINIFICATION: The fruit was hand-sorted before being de-stemmed and cooled, after a pre-fermentation soaking period the juice was allowed to warm and fermentation started with wild yeast. During fermentation the caps were hand-plunged daily. The wine was then left to sit on skins for two weeks for post ferment maceration; a total of four weeks was spent in contact with the skins. It was then drained and lightly pressed before being transferred to French barriques, of which approximately twenty five percent were new. The Leah Pinot Noir went through natural malolactic fermentation during eleven months spent maturing in barrel, before it was bottled unfiltered and without fining in March 2008.

 

92Pts TheWineFront.com.au

 

From three vineyards with 30% new oak for nine months, the best bits for a further six months. Rachel is the pretty one from the family.  Cinnamon and spice, sappy tamarillo, bright cherry fruit. Medium weight with fine grained tannin – a little emery board traction – bright acidity and a crisp finish. Subtle earthiness and chocolate. Gentle composure. Very attractive. Yummy, even. Love the way the tannin leaves you.