2014 Orange Label Sacred Hill Sauv Blanc mini review

Pale color with a super grassy nose, just jumping up to greet you! On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lots of grassy notes along with some nice citrus coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity. This is a lovely edgy Sauv Blanc. I would give it an 88-89. Not in the LCBO but available from Marc Anothony by the case for $18.95 a bottle.

From the weinery’s web site:
Pale straw appearance. A lifted rich aroma with tropical fruit notes of fig, guava, gooseberry, and passionfruit complemented by citrus zest florals and fresh mown grass.

Spring was warm, dry and early in Marlborough, which was a bonus for our vineyard team who did not have to spend too many nights fighting off Jack Frost. This early advantage flowed into summer, which remained warm and dry throughout, thus laying the foundation for a quality harvest. These warm and dry conditions also resulted in grape acid levels declining faster than normal, and so we elected to harvest a significant number of blocks early to capture the great flavours and good acid balance. Picking on flavour with a careful eye on the maturity data certainly paid dividends in 2014, as when the late autumn rains did arrive, our company had already brought in over 90% of our total harvest, ahead of the regional average.


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