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2015 Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay awarded Best in Show at Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

Kalos Chan - Friday, June 01, 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

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