Buy of the Week NZ

Sacred Hill Wine Thief Chardonnay 2016, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $34.99

Grapes from the acclaimed Rifleman’s vineyard were hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and matured in French oak. It’s a slightly lighter style than Rifleman’s Chardonnay with similar purity and flavour profile. An attractive wine with sensitive winemaking influence adding nutty oak, bready yeast lees and a suggestion of mineral and struck flint character. (Screwcap)

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: now to 2023

Food: Citrus-cured Ora king salmon, beetroot, orange, salmon custard, Sicilian dressing

Stockists: Quench Collective (NZ distributor). Not available in Australia

Ranked #3 of 25 2016 Chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay

Price Benchmark: NZD $40.21 Avg 95pt 2016 Chardonnay tasted from New Zealand

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