Sacred Hill 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Family
One of the success stories of this country’s wine industry, Sacred Hill is truly a New Zealand company now, drawing fruit from beyond the original vineyards in Hawke’s Bay. On the way, Sacred Hill has acquired and come into partnership with a number of other brands, sharing the resources under the Sacred Hill umbrella. The ‘Wild South’ brand (www.wildsouthwines.co.nz), formerly that of Cairnbrae, and fully Marlborough based, has Christie Brown as winemaker. Gunn Estate (gunnestate.co.nz) is a third-generation Hawke’s Bay label with family member Denis Gunn the winemaker. And Tony Bish, of Sacred Hill (www.sacredhill.com) oversees the parent company’s winemaking. Here I review three 2013 Sauvignon Blancs under the three brands, all made from Marlborough fruit. The technical specifications for each of the wines is slightly different, and I include these with each wine. While the wines are very similar in general taste, they are distinctly, but subtly different. This can be fascinating from a perspective of minutiae, but it shows the effects little differences in the important parameters can have.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Wild South Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Aug-2013Bright, very pale straw colour with green hues, near colourless on rim. The bouquet is very fine and intensely penetrating with aromas of sweet lime fruit and ripe passionfruit, with fresh herb and citrus fruit, lifted by fermentation esters. Dry to taste, tightly bound flavours of clear and gently succulent passionfruit and citrus fruits show with good depth. The mouthfeel is soft and harmonious, enlivened by lacy acidity. The flavours flow smoothly through the palate, carrying to a moderately long and sustained finish with lush passionfruit nuances. This is a refreshing, sweet fruited and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with smooth passionfruit flavours. Match with Asian cuisine over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 3.85 g/L RS, with 7.5 g/L TA and 3.1 pH. 17.5/20 Aug 2013 RRP $19.99
Gunn Estate ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Aug-2013Soft, even, very pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on edge. This has a very fine and tightly bound nose showing pungent passionfruit aromas intermingling with grassy notes and mineral elements. The aromatics open out in the glass. Dry to taste and restrained in flavour, this has a tight and softly concentrated core of passionfruit and mineral flavours. The acidity is discreet, and along with mellow textures, endows the palate with a dry, thirst-quenching mouthfeel. The wine has a gentle line, leading to a dry finish. This is a shy and restrained Sauvignon Blanc with gentle passionfruit and minerally flavours. Serve with salads and vegetables, and with Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 2.82 g/L RS, with 8.1 g/L TA and 3.22 pH. 17.0+/20 Aug 2013 RRP $19.99
Sacred Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Aug-2013Popularly known as the ‘Orange Label’. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 2.6 g/L RS, with 8.0 g/L TA and 3.14 pH. Brilliant, very pale straw colour with slight green hues. The nose is softly full and broad with deep aromas of pungent passionfruit entwined with exotic tropical fruit nuances and citrus elements, and steely minerals. Dry to taste, soft fruit flavours of passionfruit, tropical fruit and minerals show good depth and flow on a smooth and harmonious palate. The acidity is restrained, enhancing the mellow mouthfeel and gentle accessibility, and the flavours lead to an ethereal, aromatic finish. This is a soft and mellow Sauvignon Blanc with good depth and concentrated passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours. Match with seafood, poultry and pasta dishes over the next 2 years. 17.5-/20 Aug 2013 RRP $22.99