Airavata means the king-god of Elephants in Hindu.
The Icons are the pinnacle of Elephant Hill's winemaking philosophy.
96 points - Bob Campbell MW
98 points - Cameron Douglas MS
97 points - Sam Kim
5 stars - Michael Cooper
94 points - Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
This wine is made with Syrah from our Gimblett Gravels vineyard (Mass Selection and 470 Clones) and Te Awanga Vineyard (Mass Selection Clone) with
1.7 % Viognier co-fermented into the blend. There were 4 separate hand-picks across the two vineyards from early to mid April. These were fermented
in 5 small open top oak cuves with about 18% whole cluster. The warm fermentations were hand plunged and took 14 to 21 days before being drained
and then vinified in 40% new French oak with the remainder in older barrels. No pressings went into the wine. The wine then spent 26 months in
oak with no racking of the barrels and 7 months blended in stainless steel. It was bottled with very minimal filtration and no fining.
2015 Elephant Hill Airavata Tasting Notes.pdf