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Sliding Hill Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Pinot Noir

30 October,2018

Sliding Hill is a secondary brand for the Cowley family best known for their Auntsfield label and high quality fruit from their vineyards in the Southern Valleys of Marlborough. Sliding Hill has been a successful avenue to work in alternative retail channels and for exports. The wine style is very much in the house style, being rich and fulsome. Here, I review the Sliding Hill 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Pinot Noir, made from challenging years in their own right, but done well. www.slidinghill.co.nz


Sliding Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is elegant and slender with a finely concentrated core of cut-grass, nettles, fresh herbs and suggestions of passionfruit and gooseberries, green stonefruits and mouthwatering minerals. The aromatics are in the cooler spectrum. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has bright and gently luscious, sweet fruit flavours of green stonefruits with cut-grass and nettles. Nuances of passionfruit and gooseberries with fresh herbs unfold on a lively and refreshing palate, and the mouthfeel is thirst-quenching. This has weight and depth, and the wine flows along a light-textured line with fresh acidity, leading to a moderately long finish. A little slender on the nose, this is a bright and lush Sauvignon Blanc with cool-spectrum notes on a lively palate with good weight. Serve with salads and vegetables, and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit fermented in stainless-steel with 5% in barrel to 13.0% alc. and 2.8 g/L RS, the wine given lees contact. 17.0/20 Oct 2018 RRP $TBA

Sliding Hill Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough


Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, youthful in appearance. This has a finely proportioned nose with aromas of dark-red and black berried fruits entwined with a hint of plums along with dark herbs. The aromatics are gently integrated and harmonious in expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate has gently rich flavours of dark-red and black berried fruits with plum suggestions and dark herbs. The flavours are enlivened by bright acidity and the fruit underlined by light, grainy tannin structure, carrying the wine to an elegant finish. This is a gently rich Pinot Noir with dark-red and black fruits, herbs and plums on a fresh palate with balanced extraction. Match with pork, lamb and beef over the next 4 years. Marlborough fruit fully destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 15% new oak. 17.0+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $TBA

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