Friday, February 6, 2009

2008 Seresin Sauvignon Blanc

At the New Zealand Winegrowers' Annual Trade Tasting in London (early Jan 2009), Julia Harding MW had a marathon tasting of 75 New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs fr0m the 2008 vintage. Tasting and writing for, Ms Harding described the vintage as "on the whole not terribly exciting", but found some good wines which "tasted dry and showed pure fruit characteristics that persisted right across the palate as well as showing a mineral character, in flavour or texture, to add depth and complexity."

The Seresin 2008 Sauvignon Blanc was one of 2 wines awarded Julia's highest score for the tasting. Grapes for this wine came from our 3 different vineyards, and were whole bunch pressed before being fermented in small portions, each treated differently. This gave us a wide range of flavours, textures and characteristics and we used 29 different portions to create the final wine which includes 6% semillon with 40% of the blend naturally fermented with wild yeast and 15% in aged French oak barriques for complexity, structure and texture.

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