Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2018
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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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History: Hawke's Bay stands proud as one of New Zealand's most venerable wine regions. Its viticultural lineage can be traced back to 1851 when the first vineyards were established by missionaries aiming to produce sacramental wines. Remarkably, its first commercial wine sale was chronicled in 1870. As the decades unfurled, the 1920s saw a burgeoning wine industry, with iconic wineries like Te Mata, Mission Estate, and Church Road cementing their presence, many of which continue to thrive today.