Elephant Hill Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay (2016)

Estate-grown at Te Awanga, the highly impressive 2016 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for a year in French oak barrels (26 per cent new). A distinctive wine, it is fragrant, mouthfilling and highly complex, with concentrated grapefruit-like flavours, slightly peachy and toasty, finely integrated oak, good acid spine and a long, tightly structured finish. Well worth cellaring, it should break into full stride 2020+.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2016
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $49 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2019

This wine is a Potential Classic.

When to drink: 2020

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