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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

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.