Sacred Hill Wine Thief Chardonnay Steals The Show

Sacred Hill is thrilled to release the 2015 Wine Thief Chardonnay into its iconic Special Selection range. Adding to the stellar vintage of Special Selection Reds released earlier this month, the 2015 Wine Thief Chardonnay is an exceptional wine from an outstanding vintage.

Named after the ‘wine thief’ tool, a winemakers best friend, used for sampling wine directly from the barrel. Wine Thief Chardonnay is a unique blend of individual barrels chosen after sampling with the wine thief tool. The resulting wine is a richly textured and opulent style of chardonnay with power and grace.

Sacred Hill enjoyed its third successive excellent growing and harvesting season in the 2014/15 wine-growing year, with warm and dry conditions at Rifleman’s vineyard. The 2015 Wine Thief Chardonnay harvest was unhurried, with consistently good weather allowing selective and sequential harvesting of each block when optimum maturity was reached. This has given rise to wine that is rich, dense and shows great aromatics and complexity.

Tony Bish, one of New Zealand’s most experienced and respected winemakers presided over the making of Wine Thief Chardonnay. Tony says: “The 2015 Wine Thief is a superb wine, rich and powerful with a creamy texture and an intense finish. The clean fruit enabled us to employ our traditional indigenous fermentation in barrel, and the wines are fresh and complex. We rely heavily on hand harvesting and whole bunch pressing for our barrel fermented chardonnays. These traditional French techniques produce wines that deliver depth and richness.”

2015 Wine Thief Chardonnay

2015 Wine Thief Chardonnay


Winemaker’s note – Complex aromas of almond, hazelnut, dried stone-fruit with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. The palate is rich and bold with a silky texture. Layers of flavours reveal orange peel, hazelnut, ripe stone fruit and a savoury complexity. A rich and powerful wine with creamy texture and an intense finish. RRP: $34.99

The 2015 Wine Thief Chardonnay joins a stellar season for the Sacred Hill Special Selection with the 2014 Helmsman, 2014 Brokenstone and 2014 Deerstalkers Syrah released this August.

Wine Thief is drinking extremely well now and can be cellared for 4 – 6 years. Available from selected wine stores and Sacred Hill Wine Company.

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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


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