It’s easy to overlook Pinot Noir in Marlborough, where Sauvignon Blanc rules the vineyard roost with 76% of the total vineyard area and Pinot Noir makes up just 10%. But Pinot Noir growing in stature in Marlborough today, as a bunch of well established wineries are proving by lavishing their best Pinot vineyards with the care and attention that top shelf Pinot Noir deserve.

I have just tasted over 40 new Kiwi Pinot Noirs this month for a story in Drinksbiz magazine, which will be out in the first week of June, and this was one of my top five wines…

2013 Seresin Raupo Creek Pinot Noir $71

Expect the unexpected from winemaker Clive Dougall, who is not only a champion of the unconventional (Seresin Chiaroscuro being a case in point) but a dab hand at organic Sauvignon Blanc and a vast range of full bodied, highly age worthy Pinot Noirs (history in my own cellar proves these wines start to come into their own with 7 to 8 years in the bottle). This single vineyard expression is made with grapes grown on the clay rich soils of the Raupo Creek Vineyard where vines are pruned so heavily that each one provides just one bunch of grapes to produce this super concentrated Pinot Noir. Its ripe dark fruit flavours are supported by savoury notes of smoked mushrooms, savoury spice and earth. It has great concentration, big firm tannins and high acidity, all of which will integrate further; it drinks well now and has a long life ahead.

New Zealand distribution of Seresin wines is done by Mineral.