02/03/2008 – Sacred Hill, Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Sacred Hill (New Zealand) Sauvignon Blanc 2007
I’ve enjoyed the wines of Sacred Hill consistently, since first meeting winemaker Tony Bish and tasting his range in 200 . This Sauvignon from Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere regions comes from low-yielding vineyards, and has a very vivacious, tropical-fruited nose, bursting with lychee, mango and pineapple, and that typically grassy, verdant pungency lying just behind. On the palate this has superb mouthfeel, with a big, lush palate of vivid tropical fruit sweeping over the tongue, chased and harried along by crisp, refined, citrus and white fruit acidity. This is a very intelligently styled wine, with the punch and explosive fruitiness that Marlborough does so well, but its unctuous richness is also balanced and refined in the finish. In other words: delicious. £7.99, Tesco, Morrisons.