Sacred Hill ‘Orange’, ‘Reserve’, ‘HALO’, Ti Point and Wild South Releases
A diverse range of brands is managed under the Sacred Hill umbrella, giving them all an opportunity to flourish in a crowded market place. The key to success is the individuality and own story of each brand, and their target audience. Sacred Hill’s ever-popular ‘Orange Label’ wines are the most accessible and widely seen offering varietal and regional expression. The ‘Reserve’ range was introduced earlier this year (click here to see my reviews) to sit between the ‘Orange Label’ and ‘HALO’ tiers "to make everyday a little special”. The ‘HALO’ brand, original an on-premise label is of distinctive wines made from smaller parcels from premium vineyards. www.sacredhill.com‘Wild South’ are exclusively Marlborough-fruited wines, and was the former ‘Cairnbrae’ label which was purchased, along with vineyards in 2001. www.wildsouthwines.co.nz And ‘Ti Point’ is the wine venture of the Haslam family, originally based on their Matakana vineyard, but now incorporating fruit from other districts. Winemaker Tracy Haslam is married to Sacred Hill founder David Mason. The wines come under the Sacred Hill distribution network. www.tipoint.co.nz The wines, made by different winemaking teams, come under the overview of Sacred Hill’s chief winemaker Tony Bish. Here, I review a selection of wines demonstrating the diversity.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Sacred Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Oct-2015Known as the ‘Orange Label’. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.6% alc. and 3.0 g/L RS. Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues. The nose is full and up-front with softly packed aromas of pungent passionfruit interwoven with nuances of tropical fruits and herbs, revealing some chalky hints. This has good depth and openly accessible. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, this has flavours of pungent passionfruit that softly fill the mouth. The palate is crisp and racy with elevated, slippery acidity which enhances the juiciness of the fruit. The wine follows a fine-textured line that carries the flavours of passionfruit and herbs to a dry, soft finish. This is a full, up-front, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with slippery acidity and a dry finish. Match with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. 17.0+/20 Oct 2015 RRP $19.99
Sacred Hill ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Oct-2015Bright, very pale straw colour with green hues, near colourless. The nose is tightly concentrated with aromas of gooseberry fruit melded with light layers of passionfruit and green capsicums, expressed with a refreshing steely minerality. Cooler spectrum grassy and nettle elements emerge in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, this has an elegant core of juicy gooseberry fruit entwined with passionfruit and grassy notes. The mouthfeel is lively and bright with mouthwatering acidity and features soft textures and line. This is well-balanced with good energy, and th palate leads to a long lingering, soft finish of passionfruit. This is a juicy, well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc with soft acidity and mouthfeel. Serve with Asian cuisine over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3.4 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Oct 2015 RRP $24.99
Ti Point Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 10-Oct-2015Bright, lemony straw-yellow with light golden hues, light on the rim. The nose is elegantly proportioned with tightly bound and intense aromas of yellow stonefruits and subtle citrus fruits entwined with nutty notes and complexing oxidative elements. Medium-full bodied, this has a tight and concentrated core of citrus and yellow stonefruit flavour complexed by nutty oak and savoury caramel, toast and creamy barrel-ferment elements and nutty, oxidative nuances. The mouthfeel is dry with soft, fine textures and bright acidity lending drive and energy to the palate. This has good cut and liveliness, the flavours gently receding as the wine flow to a light, lingering finish of citrus and nutty hints. This is a dry, fresh, lively Chardonnay with stonefruit and complex, nutty, oxidative notes and hint of toast, caramel-like oak. Match with poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. Hawke’s Bay fruit barrel-fermented, with a portion in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. 17.0+/20 Oct 2015 RRP $22.99
Wild South Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014Pinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Oct-2015Light ruby-red colour with pale garnet hues on the rim. The nose is light but tightly bound with firm aromas of uncomplicated primary dark-red cherry and raspberry fruit forming a good core, revealing nuances of dark herbs and some peppery notes. Medium-bodied, tightly bound flavours of dark red cherry and berry fruit along with raspberry notes form a moderately concentrated heart with nuances of herbs, liquorice and spices lending detail and interest. Light tannin extraction and fine grip supports the fruit, and fresh, lacy acidity lends tension and vibrancy to the mouthfeel. The flavours are carried by the structure to a lingering, finely concentrated finish with dark cherry notes. This is an elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with dark red fruits, a light structure and fresh mouthfeel. Match with antipasto, pasta, risotto and poultry over the next 3 years. Marlborough fruit given a cold soak and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged in French oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks. 16.5/20 Oct 2015 RRP $17.99
Sacred Hill ‘HALO’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 10-Oct-2015Hawke’s Bay fruit, hand-picked, destemmed and fermented with whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine aged in French oak barriques. Very dark, near impenetrable, black-hued purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has an up-front, broad nose of very ripe blackberry and blue fruits with dark raspberry and plum aromas, unfolding harmonious layers of roasted meats, black pepper, violet florals and some jam elements. Medium-full bodied, rich, plush and juicy flavours of ripe black and dark red berry and plum flavours feature on the palate. Layers of spice, black pepper and roasted meats emerge, along with lifted violet florals. The fruit sweetness is balanced by soft, grainy tannins and structure, filling the mouth with fulsome textures. The fruit richness carries the wine with energy and drive to a long, lingering dry finish of black and red fruits and floral notes. This is a plush, juicy, ripe Syrah with ripe black berry and plum fruits, some pepper and game interest and grainy tannin structure. Serve with lamb, beef and slow-cooked meats and casseroles over the next 5+ years. 17.5/20 Oct 2015 RRP $29.99