Delicious duo from Sacred Hill

By Wright Communications

The delicious duo showcase the fruit of the stellar 2014 vintage and Sacred Hill Managing Director David Mason says the wines from this vintage are very special given the quality and value they represent.

"With our Orange Label range we aim to produce tempting, quality wines from specially selected vineyards in Hawke's Bay and Marlborough that are ideal to share with family and friends" Mason says.

"The conditions we were blessed with in 2014 have resulted in an Orange Label Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that punch well above their weight and won't break the bank. They are well worth taking time out to savour."

Sacred Hill senior winemaker Tony Bish says these new releases represent two of Sacred Hill's most popular varietals from an amazing vintage.

"The 2014 vintage is another for lovers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to relish - as good as, if not better than, 2013," Bish says.

He describes the fruit for the Orange Label Chardonnay, which comes from Sacred Hill's iconic Riflemans vineyard in Hawke's Bay, as sublime in 2014, with fruit intensity.

He says the 2014 Pinot Noir shows the benefits of a warm, dry Marlborough spring and summer and an early harvest when fruit flavour and acid balance were at their finest.

Both wines were gently handled to preserve fruit intensity and develop texture, enhanced by a fine French oak influence.

Bish says the supple texture of both these wines makes them deliciously approachable now but the quality of the vintage means they will continue to improve over the next 2 - 3 years.

Sacred Hill Orange Label Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2014 - Golden straw colour with green hues. An enticing aroma of ripe citrus rind, fresh vanilla, baked peach and toasty oak nuances. The palate is rich and seamless with fleshy ripe stone fruit characters and nutty oak complexity, leading to a lingering suave finish with a citrus zest aftertaste.

Food Match: Barbecued prawns with lashings of garlic butter.

Sacred Hill Orange Label Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014 - A lustrous colour of dark garnet red. The complex aromas draw you in with dark red fruits, a mosaic of savoury notes and hints of roasted meats mingling with black cherry. The palate is richly layered with ripe red berries, thyme and further savoury interest. This is a supple fleshy wine with a lingering taste of chocolate and raspberries.

Food Match: Seared duck breast with pomegranate glaze.

Sacred Hill 2014 Orange Label wines are available at supermarkets throughout New Zealand and have a recommended retail price of $19.99.

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