The late autumn weather of the 2012 vintage worked very well for the production of our third Noble or botrytis sweet wine from 90% of Chardonnay grapes and 10% of Viognier. Harvested over three separate hand picks from our coastal Te Awanga Vineyard the grapes were whole-bunch pressed and fermented over a three year period in French oak barriques.
Rich and dense, the wine displays a combination of lemon curd, orange peel and marmalade with lingering grapefruit on the palate. The concentrated sweetness
of this wine is perfectly balanced with the acidity.
2012 Elephant Hill Rania Tasting Notes.pdf