Spencer Hill owns vineyards located in the Upper Moutere Hills and along the Coastal Ridge area of Tasman Bay near Nelson. The vineyards are located behind the coastal hills about three kilometers from Tasman Bay. This unique situation of hills close to the sea provides warm days and cool nights with a long growing season. The hillsides can be difficult to farm but they are unique. One side of a hill may work better for on variety or clone than another. Much of this is due to sunlight, wind and the amount of topsoil. Many of these differences are not the same year to year…which can make it quite interesting. The Coastal Ridge vineyards were established in 1994. They are located a few kilometers north of the city of Nelson. The soils differ from the Upper Moutere in that the subsoil consists of broken rock resulting in incredible depth and concentration. Most of this area is quite steep and potential vineyard land is very limited. The close proximity to the ocean, about 1/2 kilometer, provides a unique maritime climate and very different flavours we see from the Upper Moutere grapes. Many persons are confused how grapes can be grown in the relatively cool climate of New Zealand. The secret lies in it’s long growing season and high solar intensity. The cooler temperatures help retain the delicious fruit flavours and the long growing season and high sunlight ripen the fruit perfectly. Latitude 41 wines have a reputation for delivering very high quality and a unique style. They never fail to impress. Made from Nelson grapes located along latitude 41. Bottled with a Zork closure to allow aging while keeping the ease of opening.
Medium red colour with some depth with lighter garnet hues on rim. The bouquet is fresh with tightly bound and firm aromas of red cherry fruit with hints of spices and pepper, cooler herb and stalk elements, and nuances of resinous, nutty oak detail. Medium-bodied, the palate features a tight and concentrated core of dark red cherry fruit with herbal detail and nutty oak. The fruit has sweetness, which is balanced by dry, textured tannin extraction and integrated acidity. This has some underlying power and linearity, carrying a firm and grainy palate to a moderately sustained, firm, dry finish with spicy notes.