FIVE STARS 93/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
This is one of our favorite expressions of coastal Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. Gorgeous wine with lovely palate weight, the 2019 balances the need for generosity and power with the perfect degree of restraint. Highly Recommended.
The winery writes "Chardonnay is our flagship white variety at Elephant Hill. Both our Te Awanga and Bridge Pa vineyards have the ideal sub-climates to grow this variety. This is an elegant and concentrated Chardonnay that combines vibrant citrus and stone-fruit characters with wonderful texture."
Sam Kim writes "A stylish offering, the wine shows ripe peach, lemon pith, vanilla and roasted cashew characters on the nose with a hint of oatmeal complexity. The palate is concentrated and richly textured, delivering beautifully layered mouthfeel together with well-pitched acidity, leading to a persistent expansive finish."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "There’s no mistaking the allure of barrel spice and ripe yellow stone fruit aromas reflected in the bouquet. There’s also scents of gun flint and mineral, baked apple and apricot stone, a sweet new barrel note and fine lees complexity adds complexity and breadth. Nearing full-bodied with a creamy silky texture as the wine touches the palate, flavours of apple and peach, grapefruit and sea spray then a stony mineral and toasty barrel quality. Lovely weight and texture, balance and length. A delicious wine that Chardonnay fans will enjoy (a lot!)."