2015 Elephant Hill "Le Phant Rouge" Red Blend Hawke's Bay SKU #1297209

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  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    This represents so much of what I love about the wines we are bringing in from NZ, beautiful new world fruit done with old world elegance. Elephant Hill is one of my favorite wineries in this area (and is a spectacular place to visit from what I hear) and this red blend is one of the reasons for that. Dark, rich berry notes are balanced by plenty of acid that never feels out of balance. Notes of licorice and eucalyptus play against the red and black berry and are surrounded by silky tannins, and at only 13.5 abv and under $20 this is a perfect wine to stock up on. You can drink this beauty now or hold on to it, or just get enough to do both.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a killer BBQ wine and should not only be at all of your Summer parties all season long, but can take you into Fall and Winter as well thanks to the deep, slightly spicy fruits. Even though Hawke's Bay is one pf the warmer appellations of New Zealand, it is still quite cool, thanks to its very southerly position on the globe. This ensures that all of its wines retain a good amount of acidity, which means you can produce a killer red blend like this at only 13.5% alcohol. The red shows great structure, but is not heavy or flabby thanks to that preserved acidity. The different characters from the 3 vineyards play epically into this and give great depth and character. This is definitely something I will be drinking over the months to come.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    This lovely little quaffer is one of the best cross overs in NZ right now. It has lots of life and some good structure, but isn't ultra minty or eucalyptus. Great ripeness paired with elegant structure. Dark current, some plummy notes, and an easy earthy spice on the finish. This is one that almost any red wine lover can easily get behind. Love Bordeaux, you'll probably like this. Cali Cab? No doubt this is in your range. A very easy wine to love.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of my favorite $20 reds in the store! I would be happy to find a Bordeaux style blend of this caliber for under $30, but at this price I'm thrilled. Stylistically, this wine sits at a juncture between a polished, modern fruit-forward expression, and an iconic, structured, traditional take. The wine can appeal to both California Cab lovers, and Bordeaux enthusiasts. However, there's a twist! Elephant Hill also incorporates a small amount of Syrah, which adds just the right amount of black pepper spice to make this an all-around stellar selection for almost any occasion.


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