Ti Point and Wild South Whites and HALO Reds
The Sacred Hill umbrella covers a range of brands that enable the company to have a larger market presence without being overbearing. Several of the brands have a separate and unique beginning and story, having a distribution partnership with the parent company or being acquired, while others have been directly created by Sacred Hill. In any circumstance, the wines, made by different teams come under the watchful eye of the talented and very highly experienced chief winemaker Tony Bish.
‘Ti Point’ is an example of the first situation, with a vineyard established in Matakana by three generations of the Haslam women, the wines made by Tracy Haslam, her husband being David Mason of Sacred Hill. www.tipoint.co.nz‘Wild South’ is the former Marlborough label of the Murray and Daphne Brown, ‘Cairnbrae’, which was purchased by Sacred Hill in 2001. Christie is the winemaker. www.wildsouthwines.co.nz And ‘HALO’ is a tier designed to target the on-premise market, the wines with premium points of difference in profile and with a more immediate approachability, the fruit from selected parcels. www.sacredhill.com
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Dec-2013Bright, pale straw colour with green hues, near colourless on rim. The nose is elegant with building intensity of pungent passionfruit and tropical fruit aromas, harmoniously infused with fresh, dark herbal notes and mouthwatering minerally elements. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, moderately rich passionfruit flavours gently fill the palate and flow easily with good acid liveliness and linear drive. The fruit succulence is well-balanced by the freshness and the wine is softly textured, and carries though to a light, aromatic, sweet-tropical fruited finish. This is a fresh and gently succulent passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with good balance. Match with seafood, salads, vegetables and poultry over the next 2 years. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 2.83 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Dec 2013 RRP $23.99
Wild South Marlborough Riesling 2012Riesling from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 10-Dec-2013Fruit harvested in two picks, and cool-fermented in tank to 13.5% alc. and 5.16 g/L RS. Bright, full straw-yellow colour with light golden hues. The bouquet is soft and full with ripe yellow stonefruit, floral and honeysuckle aromas, with a little lift. Off-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, lifted yellow floral, stonefruit and honey flavours are the feature on the palate. The mouthfeel is soft-textured and has good driving presence, the roundness balanced by underlying acid raciness. Some phenolic textures emerge and lead the wine to a moderately sustained, dry finish. This is a soft-fruited and honied, off-dry Riesling with good body and drive. Drinking well now and over the next 3+ years. Match with Chinese fare. 16.5+/20 Dec 2013 RRP $19.99
Sacred Hill ‘HALO’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc 2012Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 10-Dec-2013Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-ruby colour. This has an elegantly proportioned bouquet with a concentrated amalgam of fragrant black berry and red plum aromas with spice notes and black minerally nuances. Medium-bodied, the palate has a stylish and elegant core with finely concentrated flavours of black berry fruits and sweet red plums. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained and supple tannins and bright, fresh background acidity, and the flavours flow smoothly and seamlessly. The mouthfeel is one of finesse and well-interwoven detail, which carries through to a supple, subtle, liquorice nuanced finish with good length. This is an elegant, supple and fine-grained Merlot-based wine with smooth mouthfeel. Serve with roasted lamb and beef, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-6 years. 70% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged in oak barrels. 18.0/20 Dec 2013 RRP $27.99
Sacred Hill ‘HALO’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2012Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 10-Dec-2013Fruit from the Gimblett Gravels fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak. Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour. The nose is light and somewhat restrained, showing spicy black berry fruit with black pepper, along with complexing violetty florals, game notes and a suggestion of minerally reduction. Medium-bodied, the flavours are initially shy, but grow to unfold layers of black fruits, Asian spices and black pepper, lifted with attractive violet florals. The fruit is the focus, with moderate extraction, the tannins fine and supple. Bright acidity enlivens the mouthfeel, enhancing the fruit sweetness and carries the flavours to spicy melange on the finish. A little shy in expression, this supple, accessible Syrah grows to show spicy black fruit and peppery flavours. Match with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean inspired dishes over the next 4-5 years. 17.0+/20 Dec 2013 RRP $29.99