Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2018

$39.95
13.00% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • CD 95
  • RC 18.50/20
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    Prepare to be enraptured by the symphony of flavors and textures in Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2018, a true masterpiece crafted by the talented winemaker Hugh Crichton. This Chardonnay embodies the very essence of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, boasting exceptional fruit purity, concentration, and complexity.

    In the glass, it graces your senses with a radiant, medium yellow-gold hue, gently fading towards the rim. The aroma is a captivating blend of satin-smooth peach, ripe grapefruit, and an intriguing interplay of stone and wet rocks. It unveils a saline quality, with fresh cashew nut oak scents, and a delicate wisp of white smoke complexity.

    As it caresses your palate, you’ll experience a union of textures ” satin cream and luscious ripe fruit, perfectly harmonized with warming alcohol. The taste journey continues with delightful notes of yellow stone fruits, ripe citrus, vanilla, and the indulgent creaminess of cashew nuts. Fine tannins add a graceful mouthfeel, while the acidity provides contrast and a tantalizing bite, all leading to a plush, intricate, and enduring finish.

    Awarded an impressive 95 points by Cam Douglas, this Chardonnay is a testament to the dedication of the winemaking team. It presents itself as a beautifully presented wine, a true work of art. While it is already captivating, this youthful wine will reach its zenith between 2023 and 2027, making it a stellar addition to your cellar.

    Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2018 showcases the extraordinary potential of New Zealand’s terroir. With its harmonious blend of flavors and textures, it promises an unforgettable wine experience that transcends the ordinary.

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    Critical Acclaim

    CD 95
    Cam Douglas
    A beautifully presented wine with a bouquet of satin smooth peach and ripe grapefruit, aromas of stone and wet rocks, a saline quality fresh cashew nut oak scents with a light white smoke complexity. Textures of satin cream and ripe fruit are bound with warming alcohol all touching the palate simultaneously, flavours of yellow stone fruits and ripe citrus, vanilla and cashew nut cream. Tannins are fine adding mouthfeel, acidity for contrast and bite all leading to a plush, complex and lengthy finish. A youthful wine still with best drinking from 2023 through 2027.
    RC 18.50/20
    Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
    Bright, medium yellow-gold, slightly lighter on the rim. The nose is full and appealing, filled the glass with ripe stonefruit, pineapple, yellow flowers, underlined spice and nutty elements. Full-bodied, aromas of ripe apricot and pineapple form a taut core, unfolding grapefruit, zesty spice, roasted almond and butterscotch. The fruit is ripe and generous with lively acid support; smooth and plump phenolics provide a polished flow. This elegant Chardonnay shows ripe fruit, coastal influenced lively acidity and well-portioned barrels complexity and age development. Match with roasted chicken and grouper over the next 5+ years. Fruit from Te Awanga, whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented to 13% alc, 26% new oak, aged on lees for 15 months.

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