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ELEPHANT HILL RESERVE MERLOT/ CABERNET FRANC / SAUVIGNON 2017

95 Points
5 Stars Sam Kim
5 Stars Raymond Chan
5 Stars Michael Cooper
5 Stars

“It’s concentrated and wonderfully flavoursome…”

95/100 Wine Orbit

  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 52% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec

$42.99 elsewhere $59.99

“It’s concentrated and wonderfully flavoursome…”

95/100 Wine Orbit

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Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"This Hawke’s Bay Reserve blend is composed of 52% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec from our Gimblett and Triangle vineyards. The elevage of this wine was 26 months in French oak (35% new) and additional 5 months on lees in stainless steel tank. This wine was not fined prior to bottling on 13th November 2019.

Still a youthful wine with aromas of warm spices and dark juicy fruits. This wine exudes elegance on the palate with an abundance of blackberries, black plums and black cherries flavours wrapped up in notes of chocolate, capsicum, pink peppercorn and violet petals."


5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2020 (2017 Vintage)
"Classically composed and gorgeously styled, the wine shows cassis, dark cherry, spicy oak, olive and subtle cocoa characters on the nose. It's concentrated and wonderfully flavoursome on the palate, while remaining firmly structured by chalky tannins, leading to an impressively long sturdy finish. At its best: 2021 to 2030."


94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, March 2020 (2017 Vintage)
"Immediately captivating bouquet with dark berries and violets, dark wood spices and, plums, blackberry and dried herbs; quite complex and alluring. On the palate – intense, sweet fruited with blackberry and dark plum, olive and a touch of boot-polish and tar. Ripe tannins, medium+ acidity, a core of fruit, clove and vanilla, violet and tobacco. Lengthy finish, persistent flavours and extremely food friendly. Well made. Best drinking from today and through 2026+."


5 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"Fragrant and full-bodied, it has concentrated blackcurrant, plum, spice and nut flavours, complex and savoury, and a well-rounded finish."


5 Stars & 19/20 Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Reviews, August 2020 (2017 Vintage)
"Deep, ruby-red with a black hue, lighter on edge. The bouquet is poise and harmonious with fragrances of violet, medicinal herbs, along with cassis, dark plums, cedar and tobacco lingers with good intensity. Full-bodied, the palate has good concentrated flavours of an amalgam of cassis, dark plums, red berries, along with violet and medicinal herbs, unveiling tobacco, cedar and oak spice detail. The fruit is juicy and fresh, lifted by lacy acidity, shows strength and vitality. Velvety fine-grained tannin extraction provides structure and backbone, immersing cedar and tobacco detail, lengthen the sustained finish in harmony. The is a well-crafted Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blend, displaying succulent fruit flavour, violet, herbaceous detail on a fine-grained tannin structure with cedar and tobacco detail. Match with beef tomahawk and roasted lamb leg over the next 5-8 years. Fruit from Gimblett and Triangle vineyards, composed of 52% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec. Aged 26 months in French oak, 35% new. Further aged 5 months in stainless steel on lees. 13.5% alc."

We provide a door to door delivery service nationwide. Delivery charges are calculated on a 12 bottle case or part there of.

Delivery charges are calculated during the checkout process. Please ensure you choose the correct delivery region. We will advise you if you have chosen the incorrect delivery region.

You may also choose to 'pick up' your order from our wine shop at 188 Durham Street South, Christchurch.

For further details on prices and delivery options please go to the Delivery & Returns section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that it may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on (03) 3655134.

Note, for orders of 1 - 2 bottles we charge an additional $3 for packaging. To ensure the safety of the bottles we use specially designed posting boxes.

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  • Elephant Hill is located in sunny Hawke's Bay on the eastern side of the North Island, taking full advantage of the warmth provided by high sunshine hours and low rain fall.
  • Elephant Hill hand picks their grapes for the purpose of extreme selectivity.
  • They have their own state-of-the-art biological water treatment system, allowing them to recycle winery waste water back into clean water.
  • Elephant Hill enjoys a wide range of terroirs across its three Hawke's Bay vineyards, including ancient stony river beds, shingle and clay. These soil types and micro climates provides single-vineyard wines and complex blending options.
  • The Vineyards span renowned Hawke's Bay sub-regions:
    • Te Awanga Vineyard (coastal)
    • Gimblett Vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels wine district (inland)
    • The Triangle Vineyard in the Bridge Pa Triangle region

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