Elephant Hill 2013 Viognier and 2012 Pinot Noir

07-May-2014
The Elephant Hill winery, based in Te Awanga, has grown its holdings beyond its coastal origins to include fruit sources from the Gimblett Gravels and the Bridge Pa Triangle district. Although the Te Awanga fruit is the base for the Elephant Hill wines, there are now considerable blending options for more complete wines as well as the possibility of single site expressions. From the start, Elephant Hill has sourced Pinot Noir fruit from Central Otago, making a Rosé wine, the 2008 winning a gold medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, as well as a red table wine which has also proven to be successful and popular. Interestingly the Central Otago Pinot Noir fruit has been blended with Hawke’s Bay Syrah fruit for the 2013 Rosé! It appears there is a very open-minded philosophy in making wines with the best balance. Here, I review the new release 2013 Viognier, from Te Awanga fruit, first made in 2007, and the 2012 Central Otago Pinot Noir, showing the diverse regionality available to Elephant Hill. www.elephanthill.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2013
  • Elephant Hill Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

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