46% Merlot and 44% Malbec with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Reydan and Roger Weiss first fell in love with the beauty of Te Awanga when visiting from Germany in 2001. Together they envisaged owning a state-of-the-art winery, merging the traditional values of wine making with an innovative approach and contemporary style to produce exceptional wines to savour and enjoy. With the majestic elephant as their namesake and nestled against a backdrop of rolling hillsides, Elephant Hill spans over 25 hectares of vineyards producing classical, aromatics whites and world-class reds, helmed by winemaker Steve Skinner.
What The Critics Say
96/100 Bob Campbell MW
"A flagship blend of merlot, malbec and cabernet sauvignon from their Triangle (90% ) and Gimblett Gravel vineyards. Dense and intense red with concentrated Christmas cake dried berry and prune flavours, with a seasoning of mixed spice and a backbone of classy oak. Approachable now but promises to age very well indeed. 9/4/2018." Drink 2018 - 2025
97/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"This gloriously composed Bordeaux-style red displays blackberry, creme de cassis, cedar, violet and game characters on the nose with a touch of cigar complexity. The palate is powerful and richly fruited, while remaining firmly structured and brilliantly balanced. A stunning red delivering mouthfilling texture and delectable flavours, backed by loads of fine, chalky tannins. A blend of 46% merlot, 44% malbec and 10% cabernet sauvignon. At its best: 2020 to 2030. $120.00. www.elephanthill.co.nz. April 2018." Drink 2020 - 2030
19.5/20 Raymond Chan
"Full, dense, saturated black-red colour. The nose is full with sweetly aromatic aromas of ripe black plums with notes od liquorice and Asian spices, a touch of lift and fragrance, unfolding layers of dark berried fruits. The aromatics are tight and fine in proportion, and yet to unveil its detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate has very ripe dark-red and black plum flavours with complexing savoury game elements, suggesting sweet and sour. Is this too ripe? There is no raisining so places it in the fully ripened spectrum. The extraction is serious, but very fine and flowery, with soft acidity. The savoury notes turn to game and herbs, then move to black fruits, indicating Cabernet Sauvignon expression. The black plum Merlot background also changes to blackberry Malbec in the glass. This is intriguing how it changes and shows different facets with aeration. A wine to go 15 years easily. A co-fermented blend of 46% Merlot and 44% Malbec with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, fruit 90% from the Triangle vineyard and 10% Gimblett, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 26 months in 67% new French oak. 80 dozen made. 19.5-/20 Apr 2018 RRP $120.00." Drink 2018 - 2033
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