2016 Sacred Hill Brokenstone Hawkes Bay Merlot

96 Points Sam Kim
In stock
Another great vintage for Sacred Hill's top Merlot blend. Perfectly crafted by Sacred Hill's expert winemaking team, this classic Bordeaux style offers black berry, spice and pencil shavings unfolding in layers of refined but fleshy fruit. With the structure to cellar for ages but beautiful even now in the glass or decanter, this is seriously good stuff for the price. Great vintages don't go on forever. Grab this and don't wait!
$42.99 in mixed 6+ or $47.99 per bottle

Grape

Usually a Merlot with small amounts of Malbec and Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc

Its Origins

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

96/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
95/100 Huon Hooke (2015 vintage)

"Deep, youthful red/purple hue - great colour. Floral and herbal notes lead the bouquet, which also has mocha and licorice undertones. The palate is full-bodied and dense, rich and fleshy and loaded with ripe, supple tannins. A big, generous, almost opulent wine of delicious texture, but at the same time it's savoury and complex and very classical in style. 23 APR 2018." Drink 2018 - 2037

19/20 Raymond Chan (2015 vintage)

"Full, even, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, near impenetrable. The nose is very soft and full, and harmoniously integrated with aromas of ripe black plums and black berried fruits, with layers of exotic spices and cedary oak. This is beautifully perfumed in expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate is soft with rich and lusciously sweet, mouthfilling fruit flavours of dark-red and black plums and spicy black fruits harmoniously integrated with curranty elements and exotic, sweet oak.. The plumminess blossoms as the wine flows, and the fruit richness is supported by balancing fine-grained tannin structure, with softly ripe acidity providing energy. The fruit richness carries to a softly integrated, long and sustained finish. Keep for 9-12 years. A blend of 87% Merlot, 4% each Malbec and Syrah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc from the ‘Deerstalkers’ vineyard, Gimblett Gravels, mainly indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wines spending 30-40 days on skins and aged 19 months in 22% new French oak barrels. 313 dozen made. Sep 2017 RRP $49.99." Drink 2017 - 2029

Variety Merlot
Region Hawkes Bay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2021 - 2031

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB

Taste

4

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