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Summerhouse ‘Monarch’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

17 December,2018

The Summerhouse brand of the Neylon and Wiffin families who own the Spring Creek Vintners facility in Marlborough is intended to be a premium on-premise label to sit alongside the very successful Rapaura Springs range. Initially with limited release bottlings of sophisticated-styled wines, the Summerhouse wine also embrace wines from varieties from regions beyond Marlborough. Winemaker Michael Bann and viticulturist Simon Bowers have the consultancy of Matt Thomson, and it will be interesting to see the Summerhouse wines develop. Here, I review the limited-release 2015 Summerhouse ‘Monarch’ Pinot Noir.


Summerhouse ‘Monarch’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough


Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose has a firm, well-packed and intensely concentrated core of ripe dark-red and black-berried fruits entwined with notes of dark herbs in an amalgam of spices and nutty oak, unfolding dark-red and violet spice elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, lush and juicy flavours of ripe, dark-red and black berried fruits melded with dark herbs, spices and nutty oak. The fruit is vibrant and encased by grainy tannin extraction providing plenty of mouthfeel and grip, and a firm linearity. The palate is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity and the wine flows with very good energy to a firm, textured finish. This is a vibrant, firmly concentrated, dark berry-fruited Pinot Noir with herb, spice and nutty oak detail, and a grainy-textured palate with structure and linearity. Serve with lamb, bee, and venison, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-7+ years. Clones 777, 115 and 667 from the Brancott, Southern Valleys, 10% undergoing carbonic maceration and fermented with 10% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 9-10 months in 40% new oak. 18.0+/20 Dec 2018 RRP $24.99

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