With August all but over and almost time for the kids to go back to school, everyone will be hoping for a final sunny weekend to bask in the last of the summer sun.
Keeping our fingers-crossed that the mercury rises a little this weekend, Master Sommelier, Christopher Delalonde suggests a bottle of Seresin Tatou – the perfect red wine to enjoy in the warmth of the summer sun.
Summer Wines – Seresin Tatou, a perfect red for the last of Summer
Pinot noir has loads of attraction and fans during the height of the British Summer, which we admit might be a little more akin to our soft, gentle rolling countryside as opposed to the oppressive heat waves of Southern Europe.
Today’s wine tasting notes relate to a delightful wine from New Zealand based on a pinot noir giving us a natural juicy and softness combined with an acid structure that maintains the freshness on the palate- making it ideally suited as a summer wine. The wine itself was a 2009 Tatou cuvée from Seresin Winery of Marlborough, New Zealand.
The wine label is worth a moment or two as it reflects the hand print on the sentinel stone which stands at the entrance to the vineyard and is, in the words of the vineyard, ‘symbolic of the individual and creative endeavour’ used in the making of the wine. The hand represents a visual and memorable symbol and appropriately reflects the visual career of Michael Seresin, a man who has risen from freelance camera assistant to a director of photography and who has enjoyed working on films from “Midnight Express” to “Harry Potter- The Prisoner of Azkaban”.
Michael has engaged Clive Dougall as the winemaker for Seresin, who we are delighted to say has a link back to England, as it was on our fair shores that Clive developed his passion for wine before moving to New Zealand in 1999 and joining Seresin in 2006.
The vineyard is located at the northeast end of the South Island where the weather is temperate. The Wairau River winds its way to the sea through the valley floor. Marlborough has risen from producing wine in the early 1970’s to accounting for more than 60% of New Zealand’s wine.
The Seresin vineyard is located in a central area of the Wairau Valley and has been certified as both an organic and biodynamic and covers 45 hectares of alluvial plain. The Tatou cuvee, which is a relatively recent import to the UK, encompasses a great quality of fruit from a single vineyard orientation. The Pinot Noir grapes are hand-picked and manually de-stemmed. During the wine making process spend about four weeks in contact with the grape skins before spending some fifteen months naturally maturing in French barriques. Finally the wine is bottled unfiltered and labelled with the ‘Seresin hand’.
The wine we tasted was a deep ruby colour and within its core. There was a high viscosity running on the wall of the glass and we note the wine has a 14% alcohol content. It opened and had a bright nose of fresh red fruit and berries, crushed red currant and spices. Some of the minerals came through with undertones of wet earth notes and underbrush.
The palate was concentrated around ripe red stone fruits, berries, plums and again those hints of spices and a touch of savouriness. The wine was dense and weighty on the mid-palate but toned by a superb natural acid structure. It is soft and gentle with real forward fruit expression and a delightful juiciness. Finally, there is a punchy finish on primary aromas and spices from oak.
All in all, a real treat of a Pinot with elegance and a unique personality!
For those who might want to lay a bottle or two down for future consumption and wine-tasting adventures, it can be held for up to 10 years and it would be fun to compare this tasting with another in the future so don’t forget to keep your wine-tasting notes safe.