FIVE STARS 94/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
FIVE STARS 18.5/20 | Bob Campbell MW
We have secured all library stocks of the coveted Sacred Hill Special Selection range. 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. These wines have been held in wine storage since production and are sourced directly from the winery. Stock is limited and it is strictly first in, first served.
Fruit from the famous Riflemans Vineyard is used for Wine Thief Chardonnay. With hand-picked fruit, French Oak treatment and careful blending of the best barrels, Wine Thief is consistently a satisfying, richly weighted wine from this prestigious Hawke's Bay producer.
Raymond Chan wrote "Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, paler on the rim. The nose is gently full and voluminous with a concentrated core of ripe yellow stonefruits with mealy notes, along with plenty of sweet, aromatic, spicy and nutty oak unfolding toasty elements. A minerally edge emerges with aeration.. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and vibrant fruit flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit, along with an amalgam of mealy notes, entwined with sweet, spicy, toasty oak. The palate has power and richness, and is up-front in fruit and oak expression. Fresh acidity lends the mouthfeel plenty of vitality, and the wine carries to a very long, lingering finish of ripe citrus fruit, and nutty, toasty oak. This is a rich, vibrant, mouthfilling Chardonnay with ripe citrus fruits and plenty of toasty oak and underlying power."
Sam Kim writes "A gorgeous chardonnay; the inviting bouquet shows yellow stone fruit, nougat, toasted hazelnut, vanilla and subtle butterscotch characters. It is beautifully weighted and richly fruited on the palate, while remaining elegant and refined, wonderfully supported by creamy texture and bright acidity. The wine offers loads of delicious flavours, and promises to evolve to deliver even more complexity."