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.


  • Wild South Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Gunn Estate ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Sacred Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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