Friday, September 19, 2008

Opening of The Taruna National Centre for Organic and Biodynamic Education

On September 13th, Colin Ross and Wendy Tillman from Seresin Estate were proud to be in attendance and supporting the biodynamic movement in New Zealand at the official opening of The Taruna National Centre for Organic and Biodynamic Education. The new classroom, the Christeller Room, at the Hohepa Porati was ceremonially opened with blessings, songs and thanks to those that made it possible. Peter Proctor (pictured here) concluded the ceremony with a blessing from Rudolf Steiner.

Students from Seresin Estate thus far include Colin Ross who completed the Certificate in Applied Organics and Biodynamics in 2007 and Sean Phillips who is currently completing his certificate.

For more information on organic and biodynamic education, as well as anthroposophical studies, in New Zealand see the Taruna site at:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Phone a Friend

It's a beautiful Spring day in Marlborough, and in Kaikoura too, judging by a call just received from Bert and Joanna Shugg, tourists visiting from Tasmania. They kindly phoned us to let us know that they are sitting on the beach in Kaikoura enjoying a lunch of fresh seafood and a bottle of our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. Apparently it's every bit as good as Jim said it would be, when they visited our cellar door yesterday.

While we'll admit to a bit of jealously (what a great way to lunch!), we are very glad you enjoyed the wine and loved getting your call.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Desert Island Wines

What is the one wine you would have if you were shipwrecked on a desert island?

In the case of Shane Avant, Executive Chef at Fiji's Vomo Island Resort, it's a question he must ponder often. With a much larger wine list, being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean makes sourcing new and interesting wines a real challenge.

Shane manages it through reading, tasting and research, often talking directly with producers. After approaching us and learning more about our Estate, wines and winemaking, Shane selected 3 of our most special, limited release wines to feature at Vomo: Seresin Rachel Pinot Noir, Seresin Marama and Seresin Chardonnay Reserve.

With passionate chefs like Shane tracking our wines down, they're getting harder to find every day ... unless you fancy a tropical island getaway, in which case we can recommend somewhere we know....

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


It's been such a wet and cool spring so far (just 3 days into it) that even our lambs need woollen coats.

We’ve been hand-raising two little ones, Rudolf (in the wool coat) named after Rudolf Steiner, the father of biodynamic agriculture and anthroposophy, and Rosa (a bit woollier) named… well…, by Scotty’s daughter Gaby.

As they grow, Rudolf and Rosa will stay with us at our Home Vineyard to help us keep the grass mown and add to the diversity of the farm (and provide pretty good entertainment – Rudolf is learning to round up the chooks!).

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

5 Star Sauvignon Blanc

Writing in the August/September 2008 issue of Gourmet Traveller Wine, Bob Campbell MW gives Seresin's 2007 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc a 5 star, 95 point rating.

‘The country’s most expensive sav blanc is a strong statement by Seresin that will no doubt encourage others to go higher. It’s a powerful and complex wine with a strong influence of classy French oak, and mineral and ripe fruit flavours.’