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.