Sacred Hill ‘HALO’ Chardonnay 2015

26-Aug-2016
There is no denying that the Chardonnays from Sacred Hill have a great track record, if not breeding. Much of the quality and style expression comes from the direction of chief winemaker Tony Bish, who must be regarded among this country’s best producers of that variety. The other important factor is the fruit source, and Chardonnay wines made from the unique ‘Riflemans Terraces’ vineyard show sheer quality, even when made in diverse styles, such as the Chablis-inspired ‘Virgin’ Chardonnay, the fulsome ‘Wine Thief’, and beautifully complex and elegant ‘Riflemans’ ‘Special Selection’ wines. The more affordable ‘HALO’ Chardonnay also employs this vineyard resource, and the more accessible but individual style still exudes quality. The brand also enables a bit of fun for Tony to push Chardonnay into another expression and niche. Here, I review the 2015 release of the ‘HALO’ Chardonnay. The excellent vintage for the Chardonnay variety in Hawke’s Bay gave an opportunity to upgrade the oaking to match the fruit. www.sacredhill.com

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