Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Parker's Reviews

Back in January Seresin enjoyed a visit from Neal Martin, wine writer for Robert Parker's influential magazine, The Wine Advocate. Here's what he had to say about Seresin in the May edition of Wine Advocate.

“Cinematographer Michael Seresin does not own Harry Potter’s magic wand to make great Marlborough wine, but he does have the second best thing in the form of estate manager Colin Ross, an Australian who makes Nicolas Joly look a lightweight biodynamist. Having purchased his first 167-acre parcel of vines in the Wairau in 1992 that constitutes the “Home Vineyard,” Seresin’s wines debuted with the 1996 vintage; since then he has purchased the “Raupo Creek Vineyard” in Omaka, which is undergoing organic conversion and the “Tatou Vineyard” at the western end of the Wairau Valley. All fruit is sourced from these parcels, hand-picked and sorted before being whole-bunch pressed with young English-born winemaker Clive Dougall in charge of the winemaking. Seresin is certainly a name to look out for, producing some wonderful, complex, natural wines.”

Robert Parker's rating system employs a 50-100 point quality scale. Any wine scored over 90 points can be seen as 'outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.'

Seven of Seresin's wines received 90 or more.

2006 Reserve Chardonnay - 93 points
2007 Gewurztraminer - 91 points
2006 Leah Pinot Noir - 91 points
2006 Pinot Gris - 92 points
2006 Rachel Pinot Noir - 90 points
2007 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc - 90 points
2001 Riesling - 91 points

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