2014 Elephant Hill Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay SKU #1228424

Price: $14.99

BC 92 RC 91-92
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Professional Reviews

K&L Notes

A fantastic Sauv Blanc from the cool coastal region of Hawke's Bay. These vines have ocean-front views and the saline minerality shows through in the wine. All fermented in stainless steel for focus and purity but the wine does spend some months on fine lees for textural complexity. Quite citrus dominant with other elements of stonefruit, wet stones, sea salt and white flowers. Super crisp and refreshing... perfect oyster/shellfish wine. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Randy Hagerman
    By: Randy Hagerman
    K&L Staff Member
    Classic, albeit subdued, NZ Sauvignon Blanc styling for under $15? Yes please! This wine offers up traditional gooseberry and slightly grassy notes on the nose. The palate is light to medium-bodied with citrus fruit notes approaching pineapple on the long, focused finish. This is a very well made bottle of NZ Sauvignon Blanc!
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    A refreshing alternative to most of our Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. Ripe fruit, without going tropical, fresh acidity that is not tart, and textured, thanks to some sur lees aging. Nicely balanced, the wine dances on the palate with citrus, mineral and just a whiff of green.
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    K&L Staff Member
    One of my favorite Hawke's Bay producers, gives us yet another bright, elegant, fresh and clean all-stainless Sauvignon Blanc. When I poured this wine for Guests at an in store tasting...this is one of those bottlings that stole the show. The proximity of the vineyards to the ocean in Hawke's Bay, and just the lack of holding back on seeking out top-of-the-line winemakers and equipment, truly helps give this wine its own sense of place. The characters are in sync and the amount of wine you get for the price is too much not to try a bottle!
    Top Value!
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    The ripe gooseberry and grapefruit notes really shine through but never too aggressively. This is pure and fresh and will surely give those Marlborough SBs a run for their money.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A very pure and authentic expression of Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc. Not all New Zealand Sauv Blancs are created equal, and this wine is a perfect example of why shoppers should keep their eyes open beyond Marlborough. Hand-picked from Elephant Hill's cool, coastal vineyard block just a few yards from the crashing surf in Te Awanga. The gravely soils and saline atmosphere show themselves in this crisp, dry, refreshing, mineral infused Sauv Blanc. The slightly warmer conditions of Hawke's Bay replace Marlborough's herbal pungency with a slightly riper broader profile, although the acidity is still very fine and racy. A mouthwatering, moreish wine that represents an exceptional value.


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