New Sacred Hill Sauvignon Blanc already a Gold Medal winner

By Wright Communications

The wine received a gold medal and was selected in the Top 50 at this year's New World Wine Awards.

Sacred Hill winemaker Tony Bish says the Orange Label Sauvignon Blanc 2013 showcases everything that was great about the Marlborough vintage, from the cool spring through the warm, dry summer and autumn.

"This year's Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs sing with energy and are packed with bursting flavour and aromas derived from the long, idyllic summer," he says.

Bish says Sacred Hill harvested its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc early to protect acidity levels in the grapes, a decision which has produced beautiful, very elegant, yet intense wines.

A careful selection of specifically functional yeasts has maximised the Orange Label Sauvignon Blanc's varietal intensity.

Tasting Note: A lifted, rich aroma with a medley of tropical fruit notes, fig, guava, gooseberry, lychee and passionfruit interplay with citrus zest and florals. The palate has lovely depth, weight and richness that build to a crescendo on the finish. The aftertaste has citrus zest flavours and excellent minerality.

Food match: A dozen or so mussels steamed with a cup of Orange Label Sauvignon Blanc and a good splash of cream. Saute half a chopped onion, a clove of minced garlic, add wine, cream, cracked pepper and steam the mussels until just opened. Serve with crusty bread.

Recommended retail price: $19.99

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