Spencer Hill Nelson Blanc de Pinot Noir 2014
Coming from a Californian and European wine background, Phil and Sheryl Jones established their vineyards in the Moutere Hills in 1988. The Spencer Hill label is their premium brand and it is supported by Tasman Bay and a number of others. The Nelson wines are made from fruit from 30 ha of vineyards in the Upper Moutere supplemented by approx. 5 ha of vines in the Coastal Ridge area, these vineyards first established in 1994. Phil has not been afraid of employing innovative techniques in winemaking, especially with the use of oak, but he eschews trends and fads. His trials with new varieties, such as Pinot Gris and Viognier, the use of steel posts in the vineyards, and different closures have all contributed to the progress of this country’s industry. Matt Rutherford is Phil’s general manager, and winemaker from the start in 1991.
The Blanc de Pinot Noir is a purposely designed wine made "from scratch” as described by Matt, based on their premium Moutere Pinot Noir grapes from the terraced hillside vineyards, rather than from juice removed from ‘table wine’ Pinot Noir in order to concentrate the final product. I review the 2014 vintage here. www.spencerhillwine.com
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Spencer Hill Nelson Blanc de Pinot Noir 2014Rose from New Zealand - NelsonReview Date : 01-Dec-2014Moderately deep crimson-pink colot with light purple on edge. The nose is full with good weight and presence, the fruit aromas of raspberries and cherry fruit quite pure though a little restrained in aromatic lift. Minerally elements provide a mouthwatering freshness. Dryish to taste, this has a soft-textured core of raspberries with some creamy nuances and a subtle fruit pastille lift. The fruit has some richness and flows smoothly following a fine-textured line with soft, underlying acidity. The wine leads to a light, gently thirst-quenching finish with bitter cherry and quince nuances. This is a soft-textured, dryish rosé with gentle raspberry and cream flavours. Match with tapas or Asian cuisine over the next 18 months to 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir from estate Moutere hillside vineyards, given 48 hours skin contact and cool-fermented to 13.5% alc. and 8 g/L RS. 17.0/20 Dec 2014 RRP $21.00