2018 Elephant Hill Le Phant Rouge
72% Merlot, 27% Syrah, 1% 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
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS
"Aromas and flavours of wild forest berries, plums, savoury bitter chocolate, black currant and toasty wood spices of oak. Youthful and quite complex. On the palate - vibrant, tense and very engaging with texture from firm chalky tannins and medium+ acidity, a core of light and dark red berry fruits that reflect the nose, toasty barrel spices with clove and vanilla then sour raspberry and black cherry. A lovely wine that should be enjoyed with food. Best drinking from 2022 through 2028. Decant for service. 92 Points – Premium."
18.5/20 Raymond Chan Reviews, Candice Chow
"The nose is packed with intensity, mealy aromas of ripe plums, blackberries, entwined with minty herbs, cedar and spice development. Medium-full bodied, nuances of dark plums, blackberries have concentration and depth, cedar unfolds along with cloves, nutmeg spices and rich herbs. The warming palate has ample tannin extraction, fine-grained and savoury, contributed to the body and grip. The ripeness of fruit density and oak complexity grows with a hint of dark chocolate attraction, left a mealy finish. Match with grilled marbling meat and meat stew over the next 6-8 years. Fruit sourced from 80% Gimblett Gravels, 20% Bridge Pa, predominately Merlot and Malbec, destemmed, fermented in open-top steel cuves over 14 days to 13% alc, aged in oak for 12 months. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) May 2021 RRP $26." Drink 2021 - 2029
91/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"Delightfully fruited and inviting with dark plum, blackcurrant, dried herb and almond characters, it's succulent and supple displaying rounded mouthfeel and fine texture. Well structured by fine chalky tannins, finishing delicately dry and persistent. At its best: now to 2025. $26.00. www.elephanthill.co.nz. April 2021." Drink 2021 - 2025
|Variety||Cabernet Merlot Blend|
|Maturity||2021 - 2029|
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