New Zealander Michael Seresin is a well-known cinematographer, having worked on several successful films before turning his hand to the markedly different task of wine. In 1992 he decided to set up his eponymous Seresin Estate on the Wairau river terraces of Marlborough. The vineyards here, which benefit from New Zealand’s longest sunshine hours and shelter from nearby mountains, are farmed organically and biodynamically. Indeed Seresin was one of the first estates to use such farming methods in the early days.
With its striking and stylish hand-print labels, Seresin has quickly become become an important player on the Marlborough wine scene. Sauvignon blanc and pinot noir have deservedly won particular acclaim. Michael Seresin himself still regularly travels abroad for his film work but the estate is well-run in his absence by a dedicated winemaking team. Also made by the Seresin team is the Momo range - Momo means “offspring” in Maori – which offers varietally true wines at a keen price. The grapes for this label come from a small number of dedicated contract producers, who also farm organically.