Sacred Hill, Wild South and Gunn Estate 2013 Releases

20-Mar-2014
In August last year, I reviewed three strong 2013 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wines released under three brands, all under the Sacred Hill umbrella. It’s a sign of successful company growth which allows and possibly necessitates this, as it allows broader market penetration. Unlike some brands which have been created for this purpose, the Sacred Hill family has links, acquisitions and partnerships that have developed over time. The Sacred Hill ‘Orange Label’ is one of the most easily recognised and accessible of the Sacred Hill ranges, and now encompasses Marlborough fruit as well as from the home of Hawkes Bay. The ‘HALO’ range was developed especially for on-premise, but this has grown bigger than that market too. (www.sacredhill.com) Gunn Estate is a Hawke’s Bay label too, originally, merged with Sacred Hill, and winemaker Denis Gunn part of the Sacred Hill winemaking team. (www.gunnestate.co.nz) The Wild South brand was the Cairnbrae operation, but purchased by Sacred Hill as they expanded into Marlborough. (www.wildsouthwines.co.nz) As a whole, they have considerable fruit and vineyard resource, and an enviable amount of viticultural and winemaking expertise that can be drawn on. Here, I review a selection of wines under all three brands, from the 2013 vintage with one wine from 2012.

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Sacred Hill ‘HALO’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Sacred Hill Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013
  • Sacred Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Sacred Hill Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • Sacred Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2012
  • Gunn Estate ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013
  • Gunn Estate ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Wild South Marlborough Chardonnay 2013
  • Wild South Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

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