2009 Sacred Hill Helmsman

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • New Zealand
  • North Island
  • Hawke's Bay
Drink between 2015 - 2025 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • HowardNZ Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 21, 2018 - See my below TNs. This is my first bottle of 2009 Helmsman drunk for a couple of years. Under screwcap, it's travelling well. Today's TN would have similar descriptors to my previous notes. What is new is a nice bit of mellow, savoury, secondary development that adds a lot of interest to this Cabernet Merlot. With good storage you need not hurry to drink this wine. It's evolving nicely.

  • HowardNZ Likes this wine: 89 points

    October 15, 2016 - Again similar impressions to previously but a lower score. It's a good, well made New World Cabernet Merlot with no faults. However, I don't find any nuance or interest here. It is fairly linear. Perhaps it'll develop more interest as it ages? It's under screwcap so it'll be some years before any evolution becomes clearer ...

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  • HowardNZ Likes this wine: 90 points

    May 9, 2016 - Similar thoughts to last time I tasted this wine. Rich, voluptuous and a little glossy. Perhaps a little one dimensional but a good wine nonetheless. No hurry needed here. It'll go 10+ years, easily.

  • HowardNZ Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 17, 2015 - Most vintages, one of New Zealand's top Bordeaux blends. Under screwcap. Deep, dark, vibrant colour. A classic Cabernet nose of blackcurrant, dark cherry, cedar, a little cigar box and graphite. Still a little spicy oak on bouquet but not over-prominent. On palate, a nice New World interpretation of a Left Bank Bordeaux. Good acidity, quite refreshing. Sufficient fruit weight. Fully ripe with flavours of blackberry, black currant and other dark and red berries, a touch of cassis. A good but not, seemingly, a top Helmsman. Drinking well now, the tannins and acids are well integrated, but there is no hurry necessary. I'll drink my other bottles in the next 10 years or so.

  • liondream wrote: 92 points

    December 16, 2011 - Very nice. Fruity aromas with sweet tannins and balanced complexity. Much better than many famous France wine.

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  • By Mike Bennie
    7/2/2011 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sacred Hill
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Helmsman
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country New Zealand
  • Region North Island
  • SubRegion Hawke's Bay
  • Appellation Hawke's Bay

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  • In Cellars 37 (73%)
  • Consumed 14 (27%)

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