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2015 Elephant Hill Airavata
The Icons

Elephant Hill



Airavata means the king-god of Elephants in Hindu. The Icons are the pinnacle of Elephant Hill's winemaking philosophy.

Other vintages

96 points - Bob Campbell MW
98 points - Cameron Douglas MS
97 points - Sam Kim
5 stars - Michael Cooper
94 points - Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

Tasting notes

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.