A dramatic yet silky smooth pinot noir

2007 Seresin, Leah Pinot Noir, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand (£18.99, Armit Wine, 020-7908 0600,
www.armit.co.uk

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Film-maker Michael Seresin is a driven man. A perfectionist when working on films such as Birdy and Harry Potter, he is equally obsessive about wine.

Established in 1992, his 115-hectare estate is managed organically and biodynamically. His entire portfolio of wines is incredible, from an invigorating sauvignon blanc pair, to a brace of chardonnays and now a family of top-flight pinots.

Three single vineyard offerings (Raupo Creek, Home and Tatou) are made in tiny quantities and you’d have to fly to Blenheim to drink them, but Sun & Moon, made from very low yields, is as dramatic as this grape gets and several cases will find their way to the UK.

‘Rachel’ is named after Michael’s mum and it is a selection of the finest fruit from his three main vineyards and it is a delight, if a little youthful still, and my chosen ‘Leah’ (Michael’s daughter) is the least expensive and most charming of all.

You will adore this wine if you are keen on the silky smooth volnays and lusty chambolles of Burgundy, because the texture and aromatics are absolutely spot on.

• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year.

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