Friday, 14 March 2014

Sacred Hill

Sacred Hill Orange Label Wines- Trio tasting

Pinot Gris Marlborough 2013
Lots of fresh fruit aromatics with a mix of sweet pear, apple - apple juice and white peach, relatively simple, aromatic, varietal and familiar.
Just dry with an immediate hit of spice then warming alcohol then fruit flavors and reflecting what the nose suggested; medium+ youthful acidity, generous flavors and textures. Balanced with medium length and moderate complexity. 
3 stars

Chardonnay Hawke's Bay 2013
Gentle yet familiar yellow flesh stone fruit aroma with a light creamy peach and other stone fruit suggestions, a touch of tropical, citrus; mild vanilla oak and light oak spice notes.
Palate reflects the nose well - with all the flavors and textures that get Chardonnay drinkers excited - sweet vanilla and oak, creamy texture, dry but not too so and peach nectarine and hints of raw brown sugar tease the palate. Balanced with medium length and medium complexity.
3.5 Stars

Pinot Noir Marlborough 2013
Lots of varietal fruit signatures with red and dark red cherry aromas, sweet, ripe cranberry and a little red apple skin overlaid with gentle oak spices; fruit forward yet enticing.
A youthful wine on the palate with lots of fresh acidity (M+) and firm texture giving tannins; the fruit flavors rise above any tensity the wine shows at this young age and adds length, but not complexity. This is a crowd pleasing style that ticks all the boxes of a fruity, dry, balanced and well made Marlborough Pinot Noir with gentle dusty tannins. Medium+ length and moderate complexity overall.
3.5 Stars

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