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Perfectly balanced Pinot Gris from Sacred Hill

Pinot Gris’ popularity with Kiwi wine drinkers is showing no signs of diminishing and Sacred Hill’s newly released, beautifully balanced Orange Label Pinot Gris 2015 shows why.

Managing Director David Mason says Pinot Gris is naturally approachable and very palatable – a perfect example of Sacred Hill’s desire to make wines with sheer delicious drinkability.

“The best New Zealand Pinot Gris are well balanced with subtle complexity as well as being easy to drink and match with food. That’s what makes them so popular,” he says.

Senior Winemaker Tony Bish says as Pinot Gris is a vibrantly aromatic grape variety and the 2015 wine reflects that.

“Pinot Gris should be very expressive on the nose and have a powerful, textured palate. We believe this is one of the most powerful Pinot Gris we have made.”

Marlborough had another classic cool climate growing session in 2015, with record temperatures in the second half of summer producing ideal ripening conditions and fruit with great intensity.

The grapes were harvested in the cool of the night to preserve aromatic intensity and carefully handled through to bottling.

Sacred Hill Orange Label Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 – Enticing aromas of baked pear strudel and spices with notes of fresh ginger and peach. The palate is softly textured and well balanced with lingering flavours of pears and baking spices.

Food match: Japanese chicken fried rice with green peas, carrots, chicken stock, garlic, soy sauce and freshly ground black pepper.

2015 Sacred Hill Orange Label Marlborough Pinot Gris is available from supermarkets throughout New Zealand and has a recommended retail price of $19.99

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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.
The 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 three tiers of wines, the super premium Special Selection, premium HALO and popular Orange Label. For further information please visit

Media enquiries: Kara Biggs, Marketing Manager, Sacred Hill Vineyards, ph 06 873 9895 or 021 874 519.

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