2019 Elephant Hill Stone Merlot

Gorgeously succulent and rich red... cellar through 2030

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Brand Elephant Hill
Region Hawkes Bay
Varietal Merlot Cabernet Franc
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 14.0%
Vintage 2019
Country New Zealand


The new winemaker Hugh Crichton recently visited the Fine Wine team, and he was beaming with pride when he showed us his wines and rightly so. He oversees some of the most incredible vineyards in NZ and then makes the wines in a winery that simply must be seen to be believed. No expense is spared in the making of these Reserve wines now re-named ‘Stone’ representing their Gimblett Gravel stony vineyard. This Merlot dominant blend spent almost 2 years in oak of which almost half is in new French oak. 2019 was a striking year, which shines through in the wine. Predictably the wine is a majestic expression with a richness and a velvety structure seldom seen in Hawke's Bay.


Intensely fragrant aromas of blackberries, cassis, plums, graphite, and leather.


Big, rich, and densely flavoured, the palate is laden with dark fruit, blackberries, black cherries, and white chocolate and spice oak notes round it off. The tannins are succulent and grainy, playing a supporting role to the seductive fruit. A harmonious wine already, give it some time in the decanter if you approach it prior to 2024. Cellar through 2030+. Drink with your favourite cut of beef.

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