Sacred Hill Special Selection Vintage on Stellar Course

The team at Sacred Hill are humbled after an exciting run of accolades for four of their Sacred Hill Special Selection wines, most notably, a double gold in the 6 Nations Wine Challenge and two medals at the Hawkes Bay Wine Awards.

A delighted Sacred Hill Managing Director David Mason says the recent tributes are a welcome reward for the Sacred Hill winemaking team who put their heart and soul into making world class, deliciously drinkable wines. “We don’t make wine with awards in mind but it is tremendously gratifying for the whole Sacred Hill team to have our wines recognised by the judges.”

The premiere award is the double gold for the Helmsman at the 6 Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney recently. The international judging panel compare the very best from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and The United States with New Zealand wines performing strongly this year.

David says “It’s no mistake that the Helmsman is good. The team love crafting wine from our very special site in the heart of the Gimblett Gravels. Planted in 2002, the fruit just keeps improving as the vines age.”

Following the outstanding success of the 2013 vintage release of Sacred Hill’s iconic range, it is apparent that the latest vintage is equally exceptional.

Sacred Hill Special Selection Range

Sacred Hill Special Selection Range

The awards and accolades the Sacred Hill Special Selection wines have garnered include:

6 Nations Wine Challenge – 2013 Sacred Hill Helmsman won the Double Gold in the Bordeaux Blends Class at the Sydney based competition.

Wine Enthusiast – The 2013 Deerstalkers Syrah was rated 92 out of 100 at the awards and the 2014 vintage scored 93. A score of 90 – 94 on the 100-point scale reflects a wine that is of outstanding quality!

Air NZ Fine Wines of NZ – 2014 Sacred Hill Riflemans was named on The Fine Wines of New Zealand list. A list of the country’s most prestigious wines as selected by six of the nations leading independent wine experts.

Hawke’s Bay Wine Awards – New Zealand’s oldest regional wine awards saw Sacred Hill Special selections pick up a Gold medal for the 2014 Helmsman and a Silver for the 2014 Deerstalkers.

Cameron Douglas Reviews – Cameron Douglas is New Zealand’s only Master Sommelier and he rated the 2015 Sacred Hill Wine Thief Chardonnay a 92 score and the 2015 Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay a 93.

Availability of wines

2015 Sacred Hill Wine Thief Chardonnay RRP of $34.99.

2014 & 2015 Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay RRP of $69.99

2013 & 2014 Sacred Hill Deerstalkers RRP of $59.99

2013 & 2014 Sacred Hill Helmsman RRP of $84.99

Available from selected wine stores and Quench Collective.

About Sacred Hill

Sacred Hill founders, David and Mark Mason, with friend and winemaker Tony Bish, began with a simple philosophy of making more wine than they could drink, and sharing the rest. This winemaking generosity continues – today Sacred Hill is a highly respected New Zealand winery with a range of quality, multi-awarded wines from vineyards in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough. With the Mason family still at the helm, Sacred Hill has four tiers of wines Special Selection, HALO, Reserve and Orange Label. For further information please visit

Cameron Douglas’ review detail:

2015 Sacred Hill Wine Thief Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay
Rich and engaging bouquet packed with aromas of baked stone fruits, toasty new oak scents, vanilla and butterscotch, an well-whipped cream scent adds depth to an already enriched nose. On the palate – firm, youthful, oaky then fruity – a wine with plenty to offer now and in the future if cellared; quite a creamy texture contrasted by medium+ acidity and newer oak textures, baked stone fruit flavours return with a grapefruit layer; full-bodied, engaging and tasty with a lengthy finish.
92 Points

2015 Sacred Hill Riflemans Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay
Fragrant and familiar aromas of ripe orchard fruits led by peach and apple with layers of cream, butter and nutty oak not far behind, quite complex and spicy and true to its history of style. On the palate – youthful, firm and fruity with textures from the oak, tannins, acidity and crafted creamy layers; flavours of orchard fruits with peach and grapefruit return, a nutty oak and burnt butter layer add complexity and length. A great drinking wine.
93 Points


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