Elephant Hill 2013 Sauvignon, and 2012 Chardonnay, Syrah and Le Phant

30-Jan-2014
Elephant Hill was established by Reydan and Roger Weiss when they planted 25 ha of vineyard in the coastal Te Awanga district in 2003. From the first vintage in 2007, the wines have been successful and well-received, with Steve Skinner, formerly with Trinity Hill as the winemaker. The company recently purchased 17 ha in the Gimblett Gravels and have now taken a long-term lease of a 15 ha vineyard in the Bridge Pa district, allowing the expansion from 15,000 cases to 35,000 cases. The options of sub-regional expression and increased blending option have now increased markedly, and there are exciting times ahead for Elephant Hill. Here, I review the new release 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Chardonnays, Syrahs and ‘Le Phant’ Bordeaux blended red. The wines are marked by their refined textures and seamless flow, and very attractive aromatics allied to finesse. I see Steve Skinner has handled what is regarded as a challenging vintage extremely well. www.elehanthill.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012
  • Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012
  • Elephant Hill ‘Le Phant’ Hawke’s Bay 2012
  • Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2012
  • Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2012

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