Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Summerhouse Blanc de Blancs

Marlborough, $220, cork seal

I previously enjoyed the Summerhouse Chardonnay 2006 so thought I'd give their sparkling a go. Produced from Marlborough grown Chardonnay grapes and méthode traditionnelle made, it's non-vintage, but looking at the code on the label - 'L5005' - I'm thinking it perhaps be the 2005 addition. The wine is (or perhaps was) available through the Adelaide Cellar Door.
Summerhouse Blanc de Blancs is a bright lemon, yellow colour with plenty of fine bubbles. It smells good with fruity aromas and a touch of sweetness. It's all about red berries, think strawberries, raspberries and red currents, plus a touch of freshly baked brioche; yum yum. On the palate the red berries remain, plus lemon rind and a touch of saltiness on the finish. The hint of sweetness to this just helps to makes it more delicious. It's soft and fruity and has decent length, though perhaps it's missing a little splash of acidity. Summerhouse Blanc de Blancs is pretty and fun, I like it a lot.

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Anonymous said...

Yes, there are a quite lot of nice New Zealand whites. Very enjoyable!

John D

Andrew said...

Hey John

I agree. Sauvignon Blanc is obviously the most popular (especially in Australia), but I think when you're after real quality it's the Chardonnay and Riesling that's worth checking out.