15 Sep Sacred Hill’s Marlborough Duo Delight
A clear spring followed by a dreamy summer paved the way for Sacred Hill to launch two delicious new wines in its Orange Label range. The Sacred Hill Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016 and Sacred Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 are well balanced and textured wines, bursting with flavour.
Both vintages were grown in Marlborough during a season that experienced an exceptionally clear skied and sunny Marlborough spring. While the Sacred Hill team could enjoy the mild weather during the day, they had to spend a bit of time fighting off the frost at night. Thankfully Mother Nature took charge with a warm and dry summer resulting in wines that have flavours right where the wine makers pitched them.
Marlborough winemaker Kel Dixon is quick to mention the fruity notes as his highlight in both wines. Kel says, “The 2016 Pinot Gris has brilliant notes of apricot and lychee, and holds its richness right to the end. The Sauvignon Blanc is fleshy, with nectarine and fruit salad aromas and a faint hit of lingering citrus”
The Sauvignon Blanc makes for a great aperitif or matched with fish and shellfish, while the Pinot Gris has hints of baking spices and would match perfectly with lightly spiced food of Asian influence.
The aromatic pair join the Orange Label range, made up of a selection of quality wines from specially selected vineyards in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough, perfect for sharing with friends, family and food.
Sacred Hill Orange Label Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
Winemakers note – The grapes from this wine were harvested cold and delivered quickly to the winery to ensure as much of the colour and flavour were preserved as possible. The grapes were gently pressed and juiced rapidly then clarified to minimise colour impact.
Flavours to watch out for include – Apricot, lychee, spring flowers, a hint of baking spices and apricot flavours.
RRP – $19.99
Sacred Hill Orange Label Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Winemakers note – This is a wine that was delivered in many exceptionally good parcels thanks to a harvesting season that lasted all the way until late April. The result is a full flavoured, well balanced and textured wine. The grapes were harvested in the cool of the night and gently pressed with the juice clarified quickly to retain aromatic intensity.
Flavours to watch out for include – White flesh nectarine, tropical fruit salad, gooseberry, lemon zest, quince, nettle, dried oregano and cut straw.
RRP – $19.99
Available from selected wine stores, supermarkets and Sacred Hill Wine Company.