Sunday, July 27, 2008

Expanding the Brood

The latest critters to join our happy farm are 4 Australorp and 4 Barnevelder chickens. We hope they’ll enjoy their new home!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Seresin, Naive and Melvin Day

Seresin is proud to support the Millennium Gallery and two new exhibitions which open this Friday.

Stabat Mater, an exhibition by one of New Zealand's most distinguished artists, Melvin Day, brings together painting, music and literature, with a collection founded on the music of Vivaldi and a collaboration with French writer Frédéric-Yves Jeannet.

Naive is the personal art collection of our own Jim Rawdon, Seresin Cellar Door Manager.

He says "my interest in naĩve art started some thirty years ago with a corn cob! It was being fed to a large bear by a kind little man and featured in an early American folk art painting. I was taken with the perspective, colours and sheer absurdness of the subject.

My collection contains pieces created by largely untrained, passionate people, often using colour and scale for emotional effect rather than documentation. Kiwis, ferns, cabbage trees and sheep often brought together with striking Maori motifs, make these precious things truly unique to Kiwi culture."

Join us for a glass of Seresin wine and support our local art gallery, at 6:00pm Friday 18 July.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Birthday !

Three reasons to celebrate - one year of blogging, American Independence Day (special holiday cheer to Wendy, Jason, and our friends in the USA), and last but not least - Happy Birthday Misha !

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fine Fabulousness

Yvonne Lorkin reviews wines for a number of regional newspapers in New Zealand, and going by this review we saw in Hawke's Bay Today, it seems she approves of our 2007 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.

'I know what you’re saying, $50 for a bottle of sav? But for those of you who appreciate the finer points of fabulousness will understand when I say that this is a Sauvignon that will seduce you. Attention to detail has produced a powerfully built, yet delicate wine bursting with crushed lime and lemon zest, fresh herbs, puha and prickly sorbet like characters. Incredible persistence of flavour caps off this stunning organic, biodynamically-produced sauvignon, lovers of which should call Seresin Estate on 03 5729408 or go to *****'

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Celebrating the Solstice

The winter solstice marks a significant celestial event for us at Seresin Estate – our ‘New Year’. The days are the shortest of the year, harvests have just ended, and the annual cycle is about to begin again, anew.

Noon on June 21st marked the winter solstice this year and we celebrated with a solstice / harvest party and activities of joy and thanks. We took a hayride around to each of the sites in the vineyard…

…Marked the solar zenith on our Wairau strata sculpture (by Chris Booth).

…Gave thanks for 2008 by returning the rewards of the year to the ground that provided them and welcomed the 2009 growing season.

…Blessed the foundation for the new year by laying the first layer of straw on a new compost pile.

…Laid flower offerings at our sentinel stone.

…Made a rainbow of our handprints.

…Planted strawberries for our future.

…Made wishes for 2009 into our solstice fire, and concluded the evening with food, drink, music, fire and frivolity!

Many thanks for 2008 season and blessings to everyone for 2009!