Elephant Hill Stone Hawke's Bay Cabernet Franc (2018)

A 'serious' but highly approachable red in its youth, the 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the Gimblett Gravels and matured in French oak barrels (45 per cent new). Deeply coloured and fragrant, it is mouthfilling, with highly concentrated, well-ripened blackcurrant, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing good complexity, and fine-grained tannins. A very age-worthy and harmonious wine, it should be at its best 2024+.


Type: Red Wines
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2018
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $60 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

The overall rating for quality is Tentative, as Michael has only reviewed a small number of vintages of this particular wine.

When to drink: 2024

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