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Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot Malbec 2015

25 August,2017
Elephant Hill is best known as a Te Awanga-based producer of top-class Hawke’s Bay wine. The ‘Home’ vineyards, winery, cellar door and excellent restaurant are situated of Clifton Road next to the sea. However, Elephant Hill also has warmer-sited inland vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels and the Bridge Pa Triangle, which gives winemaker Steve Skinner many options for blending, as well as single vineyard expressions. The inland vineyards are particularly suited to the growing of the Bordeaux red varieties. Here, I review the 2015 Merlot/Malbec blend which employs fruit, primarily from the company’s Gimblett Gravel site, with some Triangle vineyard fruit included.


Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Full, deep, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly concentrated with deep and well-packed aromas of ripe dark-red and black-berried fruits along with black plums and spicy elements, lifted by florals, unfolding dark herbs and black minerals. Medium-full bodied, the palate possesses rich fruit flavours of black and dark-red berry fruits entwined with spicy plums and dark herbs, and savoury earthy and mineral detail. The fruit sweetness is balanced by fine, grainy tannin extraction providing structure and grip. The mouthfeel features fresh, lacy acidity lending freshness and energy, and the wine carries to an elegantly concentrated finish. This is a rich black and dark-red fruited Merlot/Malbec blend with herbs, spices, earth and minerals on a grainy, but fresh palate. Match with lamb, beef, venison and game meat over the next 6-8 years. A blend of 74% Merlot and 24% Malbec from the ‘Gimblett Gravel’ vineyard with 2% Tempranillo from the ‘Triangle’ site, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 38% new French oak barrels. 575 dozen made. 18.0+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $34.00
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