2016 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah

2016 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah

93 Points Richard Caro
2016 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah
93 Points Richard Caro

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In serious danger of becoming a permanent classic, this consistent stunner from Elephant Hill must be one of the world's best estate Syrahs. Last year: Gold Air NZ, Gold NZIWS, Gold China WSA. A last year in the run of good vintages played into their hands, producing huge depth of black fruit with delicate spice and florals on a very long, rich but dry, harmonious and seamless palate. This is beautiful stuff at a bargain price -- drink or lay down.

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$32.99 in mixed 6+ or $36.99 per bottle




Its Origins

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

94/100 Sam Kim (2015 vintage)

"A wonderful expression of the variety, the inviting bouquet shows dark plum, blueberry compote, violet, game and black olive characters with a hint of toasted almond complexity. The palate is concentrated and fleshy, and delivers excellent fruit purity and silky texture, leading to a superbly long, velvety finish. Generous and flavoursome, and offers terrific drinking. At its best: now to 2025. $34.00. www.elephanthill.co.nz. June 2017." Drink 2017 - 2025

19-/20 Raymond Chan (2015 vintage)

"Full, dark, deep purple-hued black-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant and refined with intense and penetrating aromas of ripe blackberry fruit entwined with Asian spices and liquorice, revealing an amalgam of violet florals and black pepper. The aromatics grow in volume with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with rich and succulently ripe flavours of blackberries, dark raspberries and dark-red plum fruit melded with spice and liquorice notes. The fruit is lifted by violet floral perfumes and black pepper hints. The palate has excellent depth and is supported by very fine-grained tannin extraction with balanced acidity. This has good vitality and a positive drive carrying the wine to a long and sustained, beautifully elegant, aromatic finish. This is an elegant and refined Syrah with beautifully aromatic blackberry, dark raspberry and plum fruit melded with liquorice, spices, floral and peppery detail on a vibrant, fine-structured palate. Match with lamb, beef, venison and game meat over the next 6-7+ years. A blend of 46% MS, 36% 470, 9% clone 877 and 8% Chave clone fruit from the company’s Gimblett, Te Awanga and Triangle vineyards, fully destemmed and co-fermented with 1% Viognier as whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 13 months in 30% new French oak, then given a further 12 months on lees. 19.0-/20 Jun 2017 RRP $34.00."

4.5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 vintage)

"The youthful 2015 vintage (4.5*) was grown in the Gimblett Gravels, at Te Awanga and in the Bridge Pa Triangle, blended with Viognier (1 per cent), and matured for 13 months in French oak casks (30 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is fragrant and full-bodied, with deep, ripe plum and black-pepper flavours, fresh and supple, and a long, spicy finish. Finely structured, with good density, it should be at its best 2019+."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Shiraz / Syrah

  • Colour


  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Maturity

    2018 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with LAMB



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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