Elephant Hill ‘Le Phant’ Hawke’s Bay 2014

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 01-Sep-2015
Full, very dark, near impenetrable black-red colour with lighter purple hues on the rim. The nose is softly full and harmoniously interwoven with aromas of ripe black berried and plum fruit, black ink and minerals, and complexing toasty oak and reductive char layers. Medium-bodied, the palate features soft, plush and juicy flavours of ripe black berry and plum fruit melded with distinctive oak toast and char-like waves. The fruit forms a finely concentrated core and the mouthfeel shows soft, ripe, fine-grained tannin textures and background acidity in support, lending a degree of firmness to the line. The wine carries to a soft, dry, lingering finish with char and toasty nuances. This is a soft, succulent, black-fruited, Merlot-based blend with charry notes and a fine-textured, dry finish. Match with barbecued and grilled red meats over the next 5-6 years. A blend of 61% Merlot, 26% Syrah and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon hand-picked from the Gimblett, Te Awanga and Triangle vineyards, destemmed and fermented over 14 days to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in oak. 17.5/20 Sep 2015 RRP $24.00

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