Elephant Hill 2013 ‘Airavata’ and ‘Hieronymus’ – The Icons

One of the newer Hawke’s Bay wineries is turning out to be one of the very best. Elephant Hill was established in 2001 by Reydan and Roger Weiss who first planted their vines in Te Awanga in 2003, releasing wines from the 2007 vintage as their inaugural releases. They’ve built a no-expenses-spared, state-of-the-art winery, cellar door and superb restaurant on the Te Awanga site, and purchased vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle and the Gimblett Gravels to make them the complete and consummate Hawke’s Bay producer. The Weiss’s and their staff, including winemaker Steve Skinner know they have progress to make, but they must be immensely proud of the wines they have produced to date. Already, they can be considered among Hawke’s Bays top echelon.

In November last year, I paid a visit to Elephant Hill, where Steve Skinner, his viticulturist John Peet, general manager Gunter Theis, and marketing manager Vince Labat presented me with a selection of wines, which included barrel samples of some 2013 Reserve and Icon reds (click here to see my report). I was extremely impressed with what I tasted, and the release of the ‘Reserve’ wines since, have confirmed their superb quality as I saw them then. Now, the ‘Icon’ wines have been released, and I have the opportunity of reviewing what I saw were stunning samples a year ago. The Icon wines are indeed rare and exceptional, made only in the best years. One could not ask for a better year than 2013 in Hawke’s Bay. Here are my reviews of the ‘icon’ 2013 ‘Aravata’ Syrah and ‘Hieronymus’ Bordeaux-Blend. www.elephanthill.co.nz


  • Elephant Hill ‘Airavata’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
  • Elephant Hill ‘Hieronymus’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2013

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