Spencer Hill Nelson Blanc de Pinot Noir 2014

01-Dec-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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