Sacred Hill "Helmsman"
New Zealand 2013
Sacred Hill "Helmsman" Hawke's Bay New Zealand 2013
(roughly 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot & 11% Cabernet Franc)
Last Friday, we tasted an old wine sample, that we received years ago, but never opened, to check if it is still drinkable.... and surprisingly, it is actually pretty good. Very good I should say.
Medium to full-bodied, ample and generous, with dark ripe fruits and berries, cocoa and coffee beans, liquorice, earth, hints of vanilla, more dark fruits and a touch of spices. Nicely balanced and harmonious overall for a solid 14% alcohol wine. It expanded very agreeably from the beginning to the long-lasting and tasty finish.
I'll definitely have another glass. I like this wine! ...and I just realized it got some good ratings and accolades too...
- 97/100 by Bob Campbell MW (New Zealand wine specialist, author and educator at http://bobcampbell.nz/)
- Silver Medal at the "Wine International Challenge" (https://www.internationalwinechallenge.com/)
- Silver Medal at the "International Wine & Spirits Challenge" (https://www.iwsc.net/)
Sacred Hill "Helmsman" has often been compared to some of its best counterparts in Bordeaux and even Napa Valley against which it can easily rival.
Sometimes, it is better to forget about certain bottles in your cellar for a while, you never know, you could be surprised 😋🍷👍
Tasting while listening to "The Cure" made me take some distorted pictures 🤣🤣🤣
This last picture is the real label. The one on the bottle above is a sample label.
Thank you and until next time, be safe, take care of yourself and drink responsibly.
LeDomduVin (a.k.a. Dominique Noël)
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