Elephant Hill 2016 Pinot Gris, and 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay

Elephant Hill was established when Roger and Reydan Weiss planted their 23.5 ha vineyard to a variety of cultivars at Te Awanga in 2003. Since then, the composition of the vineyard has changed, so that there are no Bordeaux red varieties there, the company sourcing them from estate inland sites in the Bridge Pa Triangle and the Gimblett Gravels. Syrah is planted at Te Awanga for Elephant Hill, offering important blending options. But the coastal vineyard has proven to be ideal for white varieties, and the Elephant Hill whites demonstrate the effects of the cooler and longer growing season as a result of the sea. Here, I review three new white wine releases, all made from fruit from the Te Awanga vineyard. All are taut and will benefit from some time in bottle.

As a further note, I sadly report the recent passing of founder Roger Weiss in Germany. I offer my condolences to the Weiss family and Elephant Hill team. www.elephanthill.co.nz


  • Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016
  • Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

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