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Sacred Hill Whitecliff Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2006

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

The light silver color of this Sauvignon Blanc belies the fragrantly explosive nose. Floral scents and pink grapefruit swell up in the glass. This aggressive fresh wine, true to New Zealand's racy, acidic and tightly wound style, suprises the palate with rushes of citrus, mineral and grass while simultaneously offering up delicious white fruits and juicy melon. Excellent wine that pairs well with Dijon-dressed mustard greens.

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Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
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Sacred Hill Wines Ltd:
In the mid 1980s, the Mason family of Hawke’s Bay began to see their family estate ‘Dartmoor’ in a new light. For more than century, the land had been successfully farmed. But the time had come for a change. Pasture made way for grapevines; winery buildings replaced farm sheds; conversations about grape varieties replaced talk of livestock. Mentally prepared to ‘do things properly’ and excel a... Read more
In the mid 1980s, the Mason family of Hawke’s Bay began to see their family estate ‘Dartmoor’ in a new light. For more than century, the land had been successfully farmed. But the time had come for a change. Pasture made way for grapevines; winery buildings replaced farm sheds; conversations about grape varieties replaced talk of livestock. Mentally prepared to ‘do things properly’ and excel at their new venture, brothers David and Mark Mason established Sacred Hill. The name is derived from Puketapu - which means ‘sacred hill’ in Maori - a small village close to the estate. David Mason took on the key role of managing director. From a first pressing that yielded just 350 cases of wine David has nurtured Sacred Hill through a phenomenal growth phase with his involvement spanning all facets of the business, with an emphasis on marketing, brand management and sales. The estate has enjoyed a rapid rise in profile with a special focus on producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The picturesque estate winery, set amidst stands of native and exotic trees, has become a popular tourist destination. Domestic and international travellers come to enjoy the breathtaking views over Dartmoor Valley, while they experience the estate’s distinctive wines. Read less

External Reviews for Sacred Hill Whitecliff Estate Sauvignon Blanc

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The light silver color of this Sauvignon Blanc belies the fragrantly explosive nose. Floral scents and pink grapefruit swell up in the glass. This aggressive fresh wine, true to New Zealand's racy, acidic and tightly wound style, suprises the palate with rushes of citrus, mineral and grass while simultaneously offering up delicious white fruits and juicy melon. Excellent wine that pairs well with Dijon-dressed mustard greens.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Bright and zingy New Zealand white, a lively mouthful of pear, lime and tropical fruit flavors that linger against juicy acidity on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Clean and linear in structure. Bracing acidity frames the tart young grapefruit and kiwi notes. Full-fruited finish and a long, lingering juicy aftertaste.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Bright, tart and tangy, with citrus flavors predominating. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A gold medal recipient in the 2006 Decanter World Wine Awards, this wine is spectacular in the glass and even better in the mouth! Light to medium bodied, approachable, affordable, food-friendly and great to drink by itself! It has a nice zest with great acidity. The aromas are of lime, pink grapefruit and apple. In the mouth it has a juicy passion fruit flavor that you cannot get enough of! I absolutely loved this wine and drank the whole thing in one sitting. So enjoy!


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Soft and immediately appealing for its citrusy apple and herb flavors. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Grass, lime juice and waxy grapefruit flavors have good intensity. Drink now.


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