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Summerhouse 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rosé

04 September,2017
Established in 1995, the Summerhouse Marlborough brand was acquired in 2014 by the Neylon and Wiffin families who own the custom-crush Spring Creek Vintners facility. The brand has been developed to show a more sophisticated style of Marlborough wine showcasing regional character with restrained fruit flavour expression which is more in line with that of European wines, according to Mark Bowers who looks after the Summerhouse sales and marketing. Winemaker Michael Bann and his team have released many high quality wines, and they have the expertise of Sam Harrop MW providing guidance. Here, I review the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Rosé. The wines certainly a softness of texture and mouthfeel.


Summerhouse Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues. The nose is softly full and harmonious in presentation, showing a fine, concentrated core of passionfruit and fresh herbs along with hints of tropical fruit and snow peas, unfolding nuances of cut grass and nettles. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the fruit flavours are stylishly expressed with a softly concentrated core of passionfruit, herbs and snow peas with nettle and grass emerging. The mouthfeel is soft with subtly drying textures with integrated, but refreshing acidity. The wine carries with good depth and presence to a softly full, passionfruity and nettly finish. This is a very harmonious and gently concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with soft passionfruit, herb, cut grass and nettle flavours on a fresh, but smooth, dry-textured finish. Match with herb-marinated seafood and poultry dishes over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 3.4 g/L RS. 18.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.99

Summerhouse Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, clear, near colourless with slight green hues. The nose id very delicate with tightly bound aromas of white stonefruits and pears, exotic florals along with some fresh fermentation esters. The aromatics build in intensity in the glass. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is taut and concentrated with subtle flavours of white stonefruits and pears, along with florals and lifted esters. The wine has soft textures with balanced acidity, and good linearity that caries to a light finish. This is a fresh and youthfully taut, dry Pinot Gris with fragrant stonefruit, floral and esters, on a fine-textured palate. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the Awatere, Rapaura, Wairau and Omaka, fermented with approx. 5% in oak to 13.5% alc. and 6.4 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage, 17.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.99

Summerhouse Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, very pale candy-floss pink, lighter on the rim. The nose is gentle in expression with softly packed aromas of strawberries and quince with fragrant red florals and confectionary, unfolding delicate, thirst-quenching mineral suggestions. The florals blossom in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated core of delicate flavours of strawberries and cream and quince, with nuances of red florals and confectionary. The mouthfeel is fresh and zesty, and positively mouthwatering, and the wine flows along a very fine-textured phenolic thread with underlying drive, leading to a light, fragrant floral-nuanced finish. This is a fine and delicate fruited dry rosé with strawberries and cream, quince and florals on a thirst-quenching palate. It is in the Provencal style. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and antipasto over the next 2 years. "A Pinot Blend” (presumably Noir and Gris), primarily from the Awatere and Redwood Pass the Pinot Noir given 24 hours skin contact, and fermented to 13.0% alc. and 6.0 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage. 18.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.99
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