Elephant Hill Le Phant Rouge 2017, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Jun-2020
Deep, dark black-red colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft with good intensity aromas of berry fruit, cassis, plums, melded with herbaceous notes and integrated fragrant oak element. The palate is pleasantly soft and juicy berries, plums and cassis, entwined with herbs and toasty oak spices. Medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is smooth with ripe fine-grained tannin structure, providing a soft grip. The balanced acidity flows with good energy and freshness, to a rounded, linear, dry finish. This a soft and succulent Merlot dominant blend, exhibiting juicy red fruit and herbs, with an integrated fine-grained tannin structure supported by toasty oak detail. Match with red meat over the next 3-5 years. A blend of 72% Merlot, 27% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. 13.4% alc. Aged 12 months in French oak, 25% new oak. 18/20 pts June 2020 RRP $26

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