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Summerhouse 2018 Marlborough Pinot Rosé and 2016 Hawke’s Bay Merlot

18 September,2018

Summerhouse is a brand acquired by the Neylon and Wiffin families who operate the Spring Creek Vintners custom crush facility in Marlborough. Releasing their own wines under the label from 2014, Summerhouse was intended as an on-premise brand with limited-release and innovative varieties and styles. The brief has grown, and the wines are seen in a wider range of channels and now include wines sourced from fruit beyond Marlborough. Winemaker Michael Bann and viticulturist Simon Bowers have been developing the wines, and with the consultancy of Matt Thomson, there should be some interesting developments. Here, I review the 2018 Marlborough Pinot Rosé and Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016. www.summerhouse.co.nz


Summerhouse Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, light, peach-pink colour, paler on the rim. The nose is soft and delicate with aromas of strawberries and quince along with gentle red florals and nuances of mouthwatering herbs. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has an elegant core of finely bound flavours of strawberries and quince fruit along with red florals and thirst-quenching herbal and mineral elements. The flavours are light, but positive, and flow with good energy along a light-textured line with fresh acidity. The flavours carry to a subtle floral and strawberry nuanced finish. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and antipasto over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit, 51% Awatere and 49% Wairau, a portion direct to press and a portion by saignee, fermented to 13.5% alc. and 5.1 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $18.99

Summerhouse Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Dark, even, ruby-red colour with slight purple hues on the rim. The nose is elegant in proportion with a rounded core of dark plum fruit intermixed with earthy notes and fresh and dark herbs, a little mint and spice. This is a little rustic in expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate has savoury flavours of dark-red and black plums entwined with dark herbs and earth, forming an up-front, open core. The flavours are supported by grainy tannin extraction and grip lending a drying firmness, with integrated acidity. The wine carries to a light, savoury herb nuanced finish. This is a moderately rustic Merlot with flavours of earthy and savoury plums with herb notes and grainy textures. Serve with grilled and barbecued red meats over the next 3 years. Hawke’s Bay fruit fermented to 13.5% alc., a portion of the wine aged in barrel with 30% new equivalence. 16.5/20 Sep 2018 RRP $18.99

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