Taringi Marlborough Pinot Noir, Taringi
Named for Seresin founder Michael Seresin's daughter Leah, this Pinot Noir offers all the texture and rich complexity you'd expect from a biodynamic wine made from hand-picked grapes, fermented with wild yeasts. Textural and lush.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Fabulous single estate vineyard.
Founded in 1992 by cinematographer Michael Seresin, the award winning Seresin Estate situated on the Wairau river terraces of Marlborough in New Zealand is farmed organically and follows biodynamic principals. A new world winery with an old world approach the estate is hand-tendered and hand-picked, and comprises 60 hectares of vines from three vineyards. Raupo Creek, Tatou and Noa. These are really great quality wines, with superb concentration of fruit, and marvellous weight and texture. Great drinking from the modern home of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Marlborough, arguably New Zealand's most famous wine region, is located on the north-eastern tip of the South Island. Representing 62 percent of the country's total vineyard area, Marlborough boasts the greatest area and the largest volume of wine production in New Zealand. Despite its size, Marlborough is a young region, and the first grapes were planted in 1973. By 1980 it was clear that the distinctive, vibrant intensity of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc was to be the calling card from which Marlborough would sell itself to the world. The fertile soils of Marlborough are perfect for growing grapes and the combination of sunny, dry days, and cool nights provide a long growing season, helping build the natural sugar and acidity which contribute to their lively flavours. Marlborough's main regions are the broad Wairau Valley and the slightly cooler Awatere Valley. The region may have built its reputation on Sauvignon Blanc, but is also highly regarded for richly-fruited Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.
Fickle to grow, tricky to make and often majestic to drink, Pinot Noir is the grape of Burgundy, and grown all over the world, most notably in Oregon, New Zealand and California. It is also one of the major blending grapes for Champagne. While the wines from the old world and new are undeniably different, Pinot Noir is a very distinctive variety and its wines reveal soft strawberry and cherry flavours with a heady aroma and often complex savoury characteristics when the grapes are placed in the right hands.
The nose offers good concentration of summer berries with added damsons. Soft, subtle texture with blackcurrants, boysenberries and juicy damson. Rounded and generous yet well balanced with plenty of finesse and class. Marathon finish with a sprinkling of toasted nutmeg.
Savoury mushroom and striking red fruits go hand-in-hand with game, or roasted breast of lamb, served pink with some roasted vegetables.
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