Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2018

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.

Food Pairing with Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2018

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In the heart of New Zealand's picturesque Hawke's Bay, Elephant Hills Wines has been crafting exceptional wines since its establishment in 2003. Founded by Reydan and Roger Weiss, who were captivated by Te Awanga's beauty during a visit from Germany in 2001, the winery combines traditional winemaking values with innovation, resulting in wines to savor and enjoy. Elephant Hills is ideally situated near the Pacific Ocean on the Te Awanga coast. They boast three distinct vineyards in Hawke’s Bay: the coastal Te Awanga Vineyard, the inland Gimblett Vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers District, and The Triangle Vineyard in the Bridge Pa Triangle region. These diverse vineyard sites provide a range of soil types and microclimates, enabling the production of wines with complexity... Read More
Chardonnay, the noble white grape varietal, has captivated wine enthusiasts around the world with its elegance, versatility, and ability to reflect its terroir. Originating in the Burgundy region of France, Chardonnay has spread its vines across the globe, leaving its indelible mark on the wine industry. Chardonnay grapes are renowned for their unique characteristics. They possess small to medium-sized clusters with round berries that range in color from green to golden. The flavor profile of Chardonnay is remarkably diverse, offering a wide range of aromas including green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, melon, and vanilla. These flavors can vary significantly depending on the terroir, climate, and winemaking techniques employed. The winemaking process plays a crucial role in... Read More

Winemaker of Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2018

Hugh Crichton

Hugh Crichton, the visionary Head Winemaker at Elephant Hills, is a name synonymous with excellence in the world of winemaking. With a remarkable career spanning 27 vintages in New Zealand, France, Italy, and England, Crichton's expertise is revered internationally. Crichton is renowned for his ability to transform struggling wine brands into market leaders, elevating both quality and reputation. His innovative winemaking prowess is backed by a solid technical foundation, allowing him to stay at the forefront of industry trends. Formerly associated with the historic Vidal Estate and with international experience garnered in France, Italy, and beyond, Crichton's winemaking journey has been an inspiration. His commitment to environmentally conscious and organic practices aligns... Read More
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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.

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