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Our wines reflect our dedication to produce classical, aromatic white wines and world class reds.


Latest recognition

2015 Elephant Hill Syrah

Gold Medal

Air New Zealand Award 2017

Gold Medal

China Wine & Spirits Awards, 2017

Gold Medal

New Zealand International Wine Show 2017

19/20 points, 5 stars

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

94 points, 5 stars

Sam Kim

94 points

Cameron Douglas MS

Silver medal

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017

4.5 Stars

Winestate Magazine

90 points

Joe Czerwinski

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2015 Elephant Hill Chardonnay

Double Gold Medal

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017

Gold Medal, 95 points

Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017

Gold Medal

Hawke's Bay A&P Wine Awards 2016, NZ

4.5 stars

Winestate Magazine, Aus/NZ

93 points

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ


Texsom International Wine Awards

18.5/20 points

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

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2015 Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay

Best in Show, 97points

Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

Master Medal

Drinks Business Asian Chardonnay Masters 2017

19/20 points

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

95 points

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ

94 points

Bob Campbell

5 stars

Michael Cooper

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11 June 2018

Top New Zealand Wineries 2018 & Certificate of Excellence, The Real Review
Elephant Hill ranked no. 9 in the Top Wineries of New Zealand 2018 and received Certificate of Excellence from The Real Review. View more

1 June 2018

2015 Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay awarded Best in Show at Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
The largest and one of the most influential wine competitions in the world, Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 (DWWA), has awarded Elephant Hill 2015 Reserve Chardonnay Best in Show and 97 points. According to Decanter, the competition is judged by some of the top wine experts from around the world and is trusted internationally for its rigorous judging process.

Elephant Hill winemaker Steve Skinner commented: “Our ethos quite simply is to produce the best possible wines that express their vineyard, variety and vintage. Over our ten year history, we have carefully watched how our vineyards perform and mapped out the various blocks and varieties. Te Awanga is an excellent sub-region for growing Chardonnay. Clay soils and a reliable sea-breeze from the nearby Pacific Ocean further enhance the expression of our coastal vineyard. 2015 was a very strong vintage: a warm season, with below-average rainfall, which allowed us to take multiple hand-picks of Chardonnay from our 4 Te Awanga sub-blocks. The 2015 Reserve is predominantly blended from Clone 15, which is used for its citrus flavours and lively acidity. The remainder of the blend is Clone 95, which contributes tropical fruit flavours and richness. These two clones were picked over 7 dates in early-to-mid March.”

The Best in Show is the ultimate accolade at the Decanter World Wine Awards. In a separate tasting, the four Co-Chairs select the ‘Best in Show’ from the Platinum winners. 2015 Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay was one of three New Zealand wines awarded Best in Show.


For further information, please contact:
Kalos Chan, Marketing and Communication Executive, Elephant Hill
Tel: +64 6 872 6066 View more

12 December 2016

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc widens its scope
American wine critic Patrick Comiskey has written a fantastic article exploring New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. View more

7 December 2016

Benchmarking Shiraz and Syrah from elsewhere
Richard Hemming MW recently reviewed and compared syrah from well known Rhône producers Ogier, Perrin and Vernay to Hawke's Bay Elephant Hill syrah. View more

6 December 2016

Will Lyons, Let it Flow
Will Lyons, writer for The Times has compiled a list of wines to match perfectly with the festive season ahead. He recommends the 2013 Elephant Hill Syrah for Boxing day which will have "fussy relatives purring into their glasses." View more