Elephant Hill Le Phant Rouge 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 06-May-2021
Deep, inky ruby-red with a purple hue, slightly lighter on the rim. The nose is packed with intensity, mealy aromas of ripe plums, blackberries, entwined with minty herbs, cedar and spice development. Medium-full bodied, nuances of dark plums, blackberries have concentration and depth, cedar unfolds along with cloves, nutmeg spices and rich herbs. The warming palate has ample tannin extraction, fine-grained and savoury, contributed to the body and grip. The ripeness of fruit density and oak complexity grows with a hint of dark chocolate attraction, left a mealy finish. This is a succulent red blend with brilliant ripeness and concentration, oak details and cedar interest at an amazing value. Match with grilled marbling meat and meat stew over the next 6-8 years. Fruit sourced from 80% Gimblett Gravels, 20% Bridge Pa, predominately Merlot and Malbec, destemmed, fermented in open-top steel cuves over 14 days to 13% alc, aged in oak for 12 months. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) May 2021 RRP $26

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