Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019 750ml

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Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019 750ml

5 stars (94/100) Wine Orbit
5 stars (18.5/20) Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
‘Excellent’ (93/100) Cameron Douglas MS
4 1⁄2 stars Michael Cooper

Hand harvesting, small-batch fermentation and ageing in French oak barriques ensure a wine of great balance and finesse. The 2018 Syrah is made with grapes from Hawke’s Bay vineyards. 99% Syrah co-fermented with 1% of Viognier from Te Awanga. All the grapes were gently de-stemmed, pressed and aged for 18 months in 25% new French oak.

Established in 2003, Elephant Hill is located within a stone’s throw of the Pacific Ocean on the idyllic Te Awanga coast of Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island. The winemaking at Elephant Hill is driven by tradition while not losing sight of what innovation can bring to the blend. The aim is to make wines that are balanced, elegant and a true expression of the vineyards they come from.

“The best Vintage on record?” This big claim and one they hear perhaps very often in some parts of the industry, but for the vineyards at Elephant Hill the 2018 Vintage has produced the best of all possible outcomes. Not only they have met their yield target (98.5%), but more importantly, they produced the flavour profiles that are required to produce superior Reserve and Icon quality wines.

Alc: 12.9%

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