83% Merlot with 8% Malbec, 5% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc
Back in 1986, David and Mark Mason, with friend and winemaker Tony Bish, began with a simple philosophy of making more wine than they could drink, and sharing the rest. They had the perfect place to make it happen, under the shade of Puketapu (sacred hill), along the white, volcanic cliffs and river land gravels of the Dartmoor Valley in Hawke’s Bay. They were precious days by the river with friends, family and food. Sacred Hill is recognised as one of New Zealand's leading, multi award winning wineries. Focusing on the production of premium 'handcrafted' varietal wines the company's estate vineyards are now located in New Zealand's leading grape growing regions of Marlborough, Hawke's Bay and Central Otago.
What The Critics Say
95/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Merlot-dominant blend with malbec, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Big, rich and almost chewy red with the malbec component giving an earthy richness to the wine. Intense and potentially complex red that can be appreciated now but will get better with bottle age. 5/7" (Drink 2016 - 2024)
5 Stars Michael Cooper
"Merlot-based, this is a typically outstanding Hawke's Bay red from the Gimblett Gravels (principally the company's joint-venture Deerstalkers Vineyard). The wine spends its first year in mostly new French oak barriques, then another several months in new and older barrels. The 2014 vintage (5*), oak-aged for 16 months, is Merlot-dominant (83 per cent), with smaller portions of Malbec (8 per cent), Syrah (5 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (3 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (1 per cent). Boldly coloured, it is very generous, with rich, ripe plum and blackcurrant flavours, a hint of dark chocolate, good complexity, and the underlying structure to mature well. Still youthful, it's well worth cellaring to 2020+."
96 /100 Sam Kim
From an outstanding vintage, this glorious merlot (83%) blend shows wonderful aromas of black/blueberry, game, cedar and clove with nuances of floral and cocoa. The palate is superbly weighted and rounded, and delivers awesome fruit power backed by loads of supple tannins. A youthful wine offering huge appeal already. From the Gimblett Gravels district.
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