Spencer Hill ‘Latitude 41’ 2017 Sauvignon Sur Lie and ‘Reserve’ Fumé 2015


Established in 1988 by Phil and Sheryl Jones, Spencer Estate in the Upper Moutere in Nelson has a history of innovation in the use of oak staves and ‘Zork’ closures. Based on the fruit from the company’s estate vineyards, one in the Upper Moutere and the other in the Coastal Ridge area, supplemented by contract fruit, much of the wine production exported to the United States where the Jones come from, and have another winery in the Colombia Gorge spanning Washington and Oregon. The Jones find their wines are ageworthy and a number of releases are made at an older age than their peers. Spencer Hill has Matt Rutherford as general manager, with the company since 1990, and Jules Randell as the head winemaker, joining the company in 2011. Here I review two Sauvignon Blanc-based wines, the 2017 ‘Latitude 41’ Sur Lie, and 2015 ‘Reserve’ Fumé. The latter is particularly complex and akin to Chardonnay! www.spencerhillwine.com


  • Spencer Hill ‘Latitude 41’ Nelson Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie 2017
  • Spencer Hill ‘Reserve’ Nelson Fumé Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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