31 Mar Orange Label reds punch above their weight
Sacred Hill’s two newly released 2015 Orange Label red wines pack plenty of power and complexity, offering great drinkability and value.
The Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2015 and Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 are both stand out examples of why Sacred Hill’s Orange Label wines are the ‘go to’ for an increasing number of Kiwi wine drinkers.
Managing Director David Mason says Sacred Hill’s Orange Label range are designed to be tempting, quality wines from specially selected vineyards in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough – ideal to share with family and friends.
“Thanks to excellent growing conditions in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough in 2015, these two wines deliver all that and more,” he says.
Senior winemaker Tony Bish says the quality of the fruit harvested in both regions for the 2015 vintage was outstanding.
“We were able to harvest early and progressively to ensure the fruit in each block was picked at its best.”
Bish says grapes harvested in optimum condition have translated in the bottle to two intense and complex wines, which are very drinkable now now but will improve with two to five years’ cellaring.
Sacred Hill Orange Label Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2015 – Enticing aromas of sweet, ripe black fruits mingle with hints of floral notes and oak spice. Hints of black pepper and savoury in style, the palate is soft and full bodied with rich smooth chocolate and cedar spice notes.
Food Match: Rosemary crusted rack of lamb, served over olive oil and herb drizzled lentils, roasted aubergine and red onion.
Sacred Hill Orange Label Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 – Vibrant deep ruby red. Enticing aromas of sweet red cherry, strawberry and vanilla. The palate is supple with red fruit flavours complemented with dried herbs and subtle spice. Lingering, fine and flavoursome on the finish.
Food match: Homemade pizza Italian style – make your own pizza base and add passata (tomato puree or paste), a handful of basil and crushed garlic, sliced cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and grated parmesan. Bake until the base is crispy and serve with olive oil and basil leaves.
These wines are available in supermarkets throughout New Zealand and have a recommended retail price of $19.95.