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2018 Vintage-report and preview

The 2017-18 season will be remembered as one which was consistently warmer day to day than previous years. It was not that temperatures were necessarily higher, it was more a sense of milder conditions overall, rather than suffering extremes. The result, was much earlier vine growth and seasonal development than has been seen in recent memory. The consistently warm conditions from the start of the season resulted in one of the earliest known starts to vintage at EH. Picking of our new (young) chardonnay clones at our inland Triangle vineyard started on the 26th February, over two weeks earlier than normal. 12 days into picking, however, the Chardonnay picking was marred by the onset of 45mm of rain and a stint of two and half weeks of wet conditions.

Thankfully, plenty of hard work much earlier in the season well and truly paid off, with blocks of fruit coming off clean after surviving prolonged periods of wet weather. A dry spell of about a week allowed early reds (Merlot plus some Syrah) to be picked at our Gimblett and Triangle vineyards at premium ripeness. This was also an important final stage of ripening for our later Icon Syrah and Cabernet blocks. These blocks require longer, slower ripening phase and a cooling down of temperatures in early to mid-April suited these perfectly. The result, even with the return of wet weather was some of the best blocks of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon ever picked in the history of EH.

We invited wine writer Raymond Chan to taste some new releases as well as red barrel samples, see Raymond's report here.
 Jon Peet, our viticulturist has also put together a full growing season report for 2018 vintage, to read more or download, click here.

Aug, 2018

The Most Grammable Restaurants in New Zealand



We are honoured to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing dining establishments in New Zealand, according to Remix Magazine. As much as we love our beautifully assembled dishes by our award-winning restaurant team, we are also blessed with a gorgeous view of the Cape Kidnappers! To follow our food and wine journey, feel free to follow us on social media- @elephanthill on Instagram or @ElephantHillWinery on Facebook

 

 

 

 

Jul, 2018

The Ultimate Hawke's Bay Wedding

 


Wedding amongst the vines? Exchange vows in our beautiful cellar and a reception in our award-winning restaurant? You list it and our team at Elephant Hill can make it happen! Either you have a small intimate wedding or a large wedding, we can ensure each wedding reflects the individuality of each couple. With 10 years of experience, our award-winning restaurant team delivers the highest quality New Zealand produce in a European tradition. 

As a premium wine producer, Elephant Hill can offer the perfect wine for your special occasion. Our staff will guide you through a tasting of our wine allowing you to select your wines to enhance your wedding meal. In addition, we have accommodation available onsite which can sleep up to 8 guests. Elephant Hill Lodge offers luxurious living experience with the most spectacular views of Cape Kidnappers. To find out more about the lodge, please click here.  

If you wish to enquire, please email Michelle - functions@elephanthill.co.nz and we will send a wedding package to you.

In the upcoming blog, we will introduce some local talents we have collaborated for a number of memorable weddings.
Watch this space!

 

Jun, 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.

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For further information, please contact:
Kalos Chan, Marketing and Communication Executive, Elephant Hill
kalos@elephanthill.co.nz
Tel: +64 6 872 6066


Jun, 2018