Elephant Hill 2014 and 2013 ‘Reserve’ Releases

Elephant Hill has quickly grown since its establishment in 2003 to become the consummate contemporary Hawke’s Bay wine producer with an output of 22,000 cases of wine that shows the breadth and depth of Hawke’s Bay as a growing region, offering value, but also wines that rival the very best made in the region. Based in the coastal district of Te Awanga, with vineyards, cellar door, award-winning restaurant and modern 450 tonne capacity winery, Elephant Hill also has vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels and the Bridge Pa Triangle to ensure full and balanced blending options to achieve the ideal styles of wine.

The maritime-influenced ‘Te Awanga Vineyard’ is 25 ha and is planted to Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer on clay and loam soils, over deep beds of free-draining river shingle. The company’s ‘Gimblett Vineyard’ is the warmest of the holdings, with 17 ha planted to Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc on deep river gravels left by the Ngaruroro River. The ‘Triangle Vineyard’ in the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District is also 17 ha, planted to Syrah, Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec and Tempranillo on ‘Red Metal’ soils, a layer of silt loam over river-deposited gravels with a reddish hue. All three vineyards are just over 10 years old, but have had replanting to supplement the established vines.

Winemaker Steve Skinner is assisted by Jack Cornes, and the viticultural responsibility is to the care of John Peet. Gunther Thies, the managing director, and owners Reydan and Roger Weiss are extremely pleased with these latest 2014 and 2013 ‘Reserve’ wines, a forward step for the company, being the produce of superior vintages. During a visit to Elephant Hill in November last year, I had a preview of the two 2013 reds. They were very impressive then (click here to see my report). I review them along with two whites here. www.elephanthill.co.nz


  • Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2013

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