Sacred Hill ‘Special Selection’ 2016 Chardonnays and 2015 Reds

The Sacred Hill ‘Special Selection’ wines are among the best wines of Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand. They are the epitome of the most fastidious viticulture, of vines from the company’s best vineyard sites, and the most sensitive winemaking, personally overseen by chief winemaker Tony Bish, and with Jenny Dobson for the reds. As a result of this extra attention, the wines have become highly lauded both here in New Zealand and overseas, and have a track record second to none. The ‘Helmsman’ in particular has performed well against First Growth Bordeaux at a number of comparative tastings. But what is particularly incredible is that Sacred Hill has maintained the pricing at a reasonable level, at a time now when many companies and producers are asking two to three times the price for what are similar quality wines. Yes, these are superlative wines which the Sacred Hill management team has (at least until now) kept at prices which consumers can still afford.

For a run-down on the background of the ‘Wine Thief’ and ‘Riflemans’ Chardonnays, the ‘Deerstalker’ Syrah, ‘Brokenstone’ Merlot-based wine and ‘Helmsman’ Cabernet-based wine, go to my reviews on last year’s releases by clicking here. This year’s release is essentially the same, rolling one vintage forward. As most of us are aware, 2016 and 2015, which these wines comprise, are part of the four year consecutive run of excellent and outstanding vintages in Hawke’s Bay, starting from 2013. The Riflemans vineyard in the Dartmoor Valley for Chardonnay, and the Gimblett Gravels vineyards for the reds, all performed exceptionally for quality in 2015 and 2016. Here are my reviews on the new Sacred Hill ‘Special Selection’ wines. They are indeed superb and spectacular, and sit among the best wines I have reviewed this year. www.sacredhill.com


  • Sacred Hill ‘Wine Thief’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
  • Sacred Hill ‘Riflemans’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
  • Sacred Hill ‘Deerstalkers’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015
  • Sacred Hill ‘Brokenstone’ Hawke’s Bay 2015
  • Sacred Hill ‘Helmsman’ Hawke’s Bay 2015

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