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Elephant Hill Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Stone’ 2018

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13.00% /
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Vintage: 2018
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  • VIN 93
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    Elephant Hill Cabernet Sauvignon ‘˜Stone’ 2018 is a remarkable wine that showcases the elegance and character of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Crafted by the talented winemaker Hugh Crichton at Elephant Hill Estate & Winery, this limited production wine reflects the dedication and sustainable practices embraced by Elephant Hill, a winery located on the idyllic Te Awanga coast.

    From the renowned Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle vineyards, the grapes used in this wine are carefully selected to ensure exceptional quality. After gentle hand plunging and pumping over, the wine is aged for 22 months in French oak, with 38% new barrels, followed by an additional 8 months in stainless steel tanks at the Elephant Hill Estate.

    In the glass, Elephant Hill Cabernet Sauvignon ‘˜Stone’ 2018 presents a deep and inviting color, reminiscent of its rich and concentrated nature. On the nose, the wine captivates with enticing aromas of blackberry and blueberry, complemented by notes of chocolate, peppermint, and a touch of iodine. The fragrant bouquet is a testament to the meticulous craftsmanship behind this wine, a feature highlighted in Elephant Hill photos and tours.

    Upon tasting, the full-bodied nature of this Cabernet Sauvignon from Elephant Hill Vineyard is evident. Its chewy texture and firm, velvety tannins create a luxurious mouthfeel. The palate reveals layers of flavors, including ripe black currant, plum, and a delightful spice and nut complexity. The oak aging contributes to a refined, stony character that gracefully coats the palate. With fresh acidity and impressive structure, this wine promises an exceptional aging potential.

    Notable wine critics have recognized the excellence of Elephant Hill Cabernet Sauvignon ‘˜Stone’ 2018. James Suckling awarded it an impressive 94 points, emphasizing its beautiful focus, intensity, and cellar-worthy nature. Vinous bestowed 93 points, praising its suave and polished expression, with fresh acidity and refined, stony tannins. Cam Douglas, awarding 95 points, described it as a concentrated, intensely varietal red with rich black fruit flavors, supple tannins, and an already delicious appeal.

    Visitors to Elephant Hill Winery can experience this excellence firsthand. The winery offers Elephant Hill wine tasting sessions, allowing enthusiasts to explore the unique flavors of their wines. The Elephant Hill hours are designed to accommodate visitors, offering ample opportunity to savor this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon that showcases the best of New Zealand’s vineyards.

    In summary, Elephant Hill Cabernet Sauvignon ‘˜Stone’ 2018 is a true gem from the Hawke’s Bay region. With its balanced and elegant character, this wine is a testament to the winery’s commitment to tradition and innovation. Experience the excellence of Elephant Hill, embrace the artistry of winemaker Hugh Crichton, and savor this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon that showcases the best of New Zealand’s vineyards.

    1 review for Elephant Hill Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Stone’ 2018

    1. Christopher Barber

      Intense aromas of marionberries, cassis, blueberries, and plum with notes of spices, oak, and herbs. Rich and concentrated on the palate with deep fruit flavors and a long, intense finish. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French oak for 22 months. Only 110 cases produced.

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    Critical Acclaim

    JS 94
    James Suckling
    Blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and peppermint. Iodine, too. It’s full-bodied and chewy with beautiful focus and intensity. Firm and velvety tannins. Really excellent structure here. This is a wine for the cellar. Try after 2023.
    VIN 93
    Vinous
    The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Stone is full-bodied, ripe and suave, offering damson skin, black cherry and a liberal lick of oak-derived vanilla. It's a modern, impressive expression that's stylish and polished, delivering fresh acidity and refined, stony tannins that lightly coat the palate. The lengthy finish is filled with a damson-like fragrance.
    CD 95
    Cam Douglas
    Well worth discovering, the finely crafted 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the Gimblett Gravels and matured for nearly two years in French oak barriques (55 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is fragrant and full-bodied, with rich, ripe blackcurrant, plum, spice and nut flavours, and refined, supple tannins. A concentrated, intensely varietal and highly approachable red, it's already delicious.

    What does Elephant Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 'Stone' 2018 taste like?


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    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, chocolate

    Food Pairing with Elephant Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 'Stone' 2018

    Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Elephant Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 'Stone' 2018 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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