Sacred Hill Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014


Unit Size750.00 ML
VarietalPinot Noir
GrapePinot Noir
CountryNew Zealand
Alcohol Content13.50%

Price $16.99

Sacred Hill Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
By Wine Spectator
SACRED HILL Pinot Noir Marlborough 2014
Score: 90
Country: New Zealand
Region: New Zealand
Issue: Oct 31, 2016
Designation: Smart Buys
Strong black tea flavors form the core, supported by firm tannins. A whiff of orange zest, spiced plum, cardamom and date bread offer rich accents that crescendo on the finish. Drink now through 2027. -MW
By Sacred Hill 
Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
Vintage Summary
Spring was warm, dry, and early in Marlborough - a real bonus for our vineyard team who avoided too many nights fighting off Jack Frost. This early advantage flowed into summer, which remained warm and dry, laying the foundation for a quality harvest. These conditions also resulted in grape acid levels declining faster than normal, so we elected to harvest a significant number of blocks early to capture the exceptional flavours and good acid balance. Picking on flavour, with a careful eye on the maturity data, paid big dividends - when the late autumn rains did arrive, we'd already brought in over 90% of our total harvest, ahead of the regional average.
Winemaker's Note
A lustrous colour of dark garnet red. The complex aromas draw you in with dark red fruits, a mosaic of savoury notes and hints of roasted meats mingling with black cherry. The palate is richly layered with ripe red berries, thyme, and further savoury interest. This is a supple, fleshy wine with a lingering taste of chocolate and raspberries.
Following a period of cold soak, this Pinot Noir was fermented with careful handling to preserve fruit and build supple texture. French oak has provided structure, texture, and spice.
Technical Details
Technical Details
Variety: Pinot Noir
Food Matches: Goes well with beef and lamb dishes
Cellaring: 3 years
RS: 0 g/L
Alcohol: 13.50%
pH: 3.74
TA: 5.26 g/L
[Information provided by Votto Vines]
By Wine Enthusiast
Sacred Hill 2014 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)
Points: 86
Variety: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Marlborough, New Zealand
Winery: Sacred Hill
Alcohol: 13.50%
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Category: Red
Importer: DC Flynt MW Selections
Date Published: 12/31/2016
The holy grail for many wine producers remains drinkable Pinot Noir for less than $20. This one lacks a bit of midpalate weight and richness, but does offer earthy notes of beet root and mushroom couched in an appropriately silky texture.
By Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media
Sacred Hill 2014 Pinot Noir
Points: 86
Marlborough, Marlborough
Red wine from New Zealand
Also recommended. Stephen Tanzer. Tasting date: February 2016
By Burghound
Sacred Hill Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir Red 750 ml
Note: Marlborough, 13.50%
Producer note: Back in 1986, David and Mark Mason, with friend and winemaker Tony Bish, began with a simple philosophy of making more wine that they could drink, and shared the rest. Their vineyard is located under the shade of Puketapu (sacred hill), along the white, volcanic cliffs and river land gravels of the Dartmoor Valley in Hawke's Bay. Bottled under screwcap.
Tasting note: An ultra-fresh, cool and fruity nose displays notes of cranberry, raspberry and a hint of spice. There is good vibrancy to the delicious, round and attractively textured middle weight flavors that possess a slightly sweet, warm and tangy finish. This is somewhat awkward and disjointed and in particular the warmth sticks out.
Score: 86
Tasted: Oct 08, 2016
Drink: now
Issue: 64
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2014 Sacred Hill Orange Label
New Zealand, Marlborough
Rating: 85
Color: Red
Maturity: Late
Type: Table
Sweetness: Dry
Variety: Pinot Noir
Drink Date: 2016 - 2018
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Issue Date: 3rd Mar 2016
Source: 223, The Wine Advocate
Medium ruby-purple coloured, the 2014 Orange Label Pinot Noir displays expressive red and black cherry fruit with herb and soil nuances plus a hint of underbrush. Medium-bodied and delicately fruit, it has a light grip of tannins and freshness framing the modest fruit, finishing just a bit abruptly.