Elephant Hill ‘Le Phant Blanc’ 2011


The latest news is that Elephant Hill has just accessed two vineyards to supplement its fruit source of grapes grown at its home base at Te Awanga. The new additions are a purchase of a 17 ha organically certified vineyard opposite Gimblett Road, and the long term lease arrangement of a 15 ha vineyard in the Bridge Pa Triangle. Both are mature and established sites. This allows winemaker Steve Skinner the ability to increase his blending options, especially with Syrah and the Bordeaux varieties, as the fruit character of these vineyards will be very complementary to that of the coastal-influenced Te Awanga fruit. In essence, this is what Elephant Hill has proved to be very adept at. Blending to attain great balance and completeness is indeed a skill, and to do so to have wines with finesse and elegance is an achievement. This can be epitomised by Elephant Hill's new ‘Le Phant' Blanc, a wine blended from three varieties, as reviewed here. www.elephanthill.co.nz

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