ELEPHANT HILL RESERVE MERLOT / MALBEC / CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014

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ELEPHANT HILL RESERVE MERLOT / MALBEC / CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 is available to buy in increments of 1
Gold Medal - Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017
60% Merlot, 25% Malbec & 15% Cabernet Sauvignon​
Winery notes (2014 Vintage)
"2014 was an exceptional vintage and allowed us to grow and ripen grapes to optimum quality. This blend is made of 60% Merlot, 25% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from grapes hand-picked off our Triangle Vineyard (60%) and Gimblett Vineyard (40%) in Hawke’s Bay."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2014 Vintage)
"The powerful, finely textured, harmonious 2014 vintage was hand-picked in the company's vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle, and matured for 19 months in French oak casks (40 per cent new). The colour is dark and youthful; the palate is sturdy and sweet-fruited, with dense plum, spice and nut flavours, hints of blackcurrants and dark chocolate, and a long, supple finish. A generous red, it's already enjoyable, but likely to be at its best 2018+."
5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2014 Vintage)
"Dense, vibrant red with dark berry, cassis, liquorice, coffee/mocha and mixed spice character, plus a subtle savoury influence and a backbone of classy oak. A solidly structured wine with obvious cellaring potential, but a core of sweet fruit helps to make the wine accessible now."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2016 (2014 Vintage)
"Wonderfully harmonious and immensely attractive, this outstanding Bordeaux blend shows complex aromas of cassis, blueberry, floral and toasted almond with hints of dried herb and game. The palate delivers superb concentration and rounded mouthfeel, enhanced by silky texture and gorgeous fruit purity. The wine is brilliantly structured by seamlessly integrated fine, chalky tannins, providing excellent structure and length. A wine of considerable presence, destine to evolve magnificently. At its best: 2019 to 2030."
5 Stars & 18.5+/20, Raymond Chan, August 2016 (2014 Vintage)
"Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with purple hues. The nose is firm and intensely concentrated with well-ripened, sweetly aromatic black berry and black plum fruits along with subtle spice notes and nutty oak, unfolding red and violet floral elements providing an intriguing aromatic fragrance. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and sweet, ripe fruit flavours of blackberries, dark-red plums, liquorice, unfolding nuances of boysenberries and blue fruits. Spice and oak unfold to add layers of interest. Fine-grained tannins provide a firm, linear, and concentrated heart, but the wine retains elegance and proportion. The acidity is integrated and fruit richness and power drives the wine to a long, dry finish of spicy plums and redcurrants. Serve with roasted lamb, beef and venison over 7-9+ years. A blend of 60% Merlot. 25% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, the fruit 60% from the ‘Triangle’ site and 40% ‘Gimblett’, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 40% new oak, blended and aged 6 months on lees in tank."


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