Sacred Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – $$
This wine has a chopped short finish, so better be quick:
Colour of pale yellow diamond. Crisp and zesty, with fresh notes of herbs and cut grass and gooseberries. There are limes and deliciousness in the mouth, very appealing. Late summer sun and sharp mornings in a bottle. A gold medal winner. Drink it young.
Sacred Hill Marlborough Chardonnay 2011 – $$
I’ve come down with a cold. Can’t smell or taste too well. Very interesting to see how appreciating and enjoying a wine is practically impossible when my smelling tackle is impaired.
This is wine is a 2011, so it has some age. I can smell that something is there in the bouquet, but I have no idea what it is. I can taste that there is something going on in the glass, but again I don’t know what it is.
If I was to describe anything it would be wrong. If smell or taste were a colour, I’d being seeing ecru as vermillion right now, or something like that. Still, my eyes are working fine: the bottle has a nice label. I’ll put it away and try again tomorrow…
…which is now today…
And I still have the cold, but I can smell a little vanilla and honey now. I can taste peaches and the oak influence. The wine isn’t as big as I would have expected considering the producer, but the fruit is from Marlborough which I think produces elegant chardonnays rather than malobombs. Nice.