Elephant Hill Stone Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 03-Sep-2021
Full, deep ruby-red with inky depth, very youthful in appearance, lighter on the rim. The nose is refined and full, densely packed with ripe aromas of cassis, blackberries and suggestions of plums, harmoniously layered with blackcurrant leaf, spearmint, along with cedar and fresh barrel spices. Full-bodied, the palate is rich with ripe flavours of cassis, blackberries and plums, which possess a savoury edge, underlying mint and blackcurrant leaf unfolds along with cedar, star anise and nutmeg spices. The fruit carries a savoury mineral edge, enriched by new oak spices and smoky details, growing in breadth and depth, filling the palate with fullness. Fine-grained, bony tannin structure provides vitality to the wine, along with the support of balanced acidity, drives a long, sustained finish. This is a serious Cabernet Sauvignon display varietal characters, fine use of oak and a strong sense of place expression. Match with tomahawk steak and wagyu over the next 15+ years. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.5% alc, aged 22 months in French oak barriques, 55% new oak. 110 cases produced. 19+/20 (96 pts) Sept 2021 RRP $59

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