THIS WINE IS PERFECTLY BOTTLE- AGED AND OFFERED FOR SALE IN PRISTINE CONDITION.
FIVE STARS 96/100 | Bob Campbell MW
92/100 | Rebecca Gibb MW
92/100 | James Suckling
The Sacred Hill Special Selection range are widely regarded as the best value flagship range in the country. These famous super-premium wines enjoy a gilt-edged reputation and sit alongside the greatest names in New Zealand fine wine production.
Helmsman is Sacred Hill’s Flagship Cabernet-dominant wine and has consistently claimed top awards in NZ wine shows and the 2019 vintage boasts an impressive collection of stellar reviews from the country's most respected critics. Fruit is hand picked from Sacred Hill's famed Gimblett Gravels vineyard sites, and the 2019 reveals layer after layer of complexity with each taste. A veritable tour de force. Bravo.
This special wine is presented for sale in pristine condition, and will continue to hold in its perfect drinking window for the next five years or more.
This is an unmissable opportunity for any fan of premium, cellar-worthy New Zealand red wine.
Bob Campbell MW writes "A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec. Inky, intense red that is jam-packed with cassis, dark cherry, berry, chocolate-mocha, liquorice, charcuterie and smoky oak flavours."
Rebecca Gibb MW writes "The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Helmsman is a rich, full-bodied and seductive Bordeaux blend combining firmness with ripeness. Oak-derived vanillins, spice and a robust structure make for a real mouthful of wine. Savory, spiced and long with ripe plum fruit, black tea leaf and licorice, this is a Kiwi wine that needs bottle age to allow its serious structure to mellow."
James Suckling writes "An inviting nose of pine cone, bark, crushed stone, blackcurrants and blackberries. Medium- to full-bodied with tight tannin structure. Juicy but focused with a fresh quality to the fruit, accompanied by savory spices and herbs. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec."