Elephant Hill ‘Hieronymus’ Hawke’s Bay 2014

Blended Red from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay
Review Date - 08-May-2018

20/20

Full, saturated black-hued purple-red colour with inky depth, very youthful in appearance. The nose is refined in expression with densely packed and concentrated aromas of ripe black berried fruits and black plums along with nuances of liquorice and suggestions of boysenberries, harmoniously layered with Asian spices and sweet, nutty oak. The aromatics possess freshness, unfolding nuances of dark herbs and florals. The aromatics grow in breadth and depth, becoming fulsome in the glass. Full-bodied, the palate is explosively rich with sweet and succulent flavours of ripe blackberries and black plums, along with nuances of boysenberries, liquorice, spices and oak. The fruit sweetness is the feature, forming a deep, plush and opulent heart, opening to fill the mouth. The fruit is framed by serious, fine-grained, flowery tannin structure, and the wine carries with great power and drive to a luscious, long and sustained finish. This is a superbly rich and opulent Merlot/Malbec-based wine with succulently sweet blackberry, plum, liquorice and spice flavours on a seriously structured, but refined palate. Match with roasted and slow-cooked lamb, venison and game meat dishes over the next 15-20 years. 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. 20.0/20 May 2018 RRP $120.00

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



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