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Elephant Hill Le Phant Rouge 2020, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 30-Mar-2022
Full, deep ruby-black, slightly lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. This has a sweet, welcoming bouquet packed with plums, blackcurrants, red berries entwined with herb and a hint of currant leaf, along with sweet vanilla and spice. Medium-full bodied, succulent aromas of red plums, cassis and red berries enriched by vanilla, clove and currant leaf. The wine has a good depth of flavour; finely extracted tannins provided a smooth-grained mouthfeel added complexity. The fruit is succulent and sweet-scented, youthful with great energy. This is a crowd-pleaser with juicy fruit, spice on a velvety mouthfeel and a sustained finish. Match with barbeque beef short ribs over the next 6-8 years. A blend of 41% Merlot, 24% Syrah, 18% Tempranillo, 12% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, Merlot base vinified in tank with minimal oak ageing, with other varieties in seasoned barrels, 13.5% alc. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Mar 2022 RRP $26

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