97/100 'Outstanding' | Cameron Douglas MS
A wonderful small batch, flagship release from Elephant Hill. This is impressive chardonnay - seamlessly melding understated, creamy barrel-fermentation characters with pure fruit notes and hint of saline minerality. Powerful- but stll retaining an elegant sensibility - it's the definition of 'an iron fist in a velvet glove'. Very special.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "A very complex bouquet that begins to reveal its layers once in glass for around ten minutes. Aromas of apples and salty stones, white peach and citrus zest. The impact of new oak is revealed with a toasty white smoke and baking spice package of scents, vanilla and raw cashew nut. There’s a core of umami scents that can only come from the synergies of soil, fruit, wood and outstanding winemaking. On the palate an exceptional wine with a youthful tautness and squeeze then flavours of stone-fruit and nut, citrus and barrel spice, fine tannins and acidity. A weighty wine on the palate with a youthful energy and drive along with a complex and dry finish."