Elephant Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013

Elephant Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013 $69 ★★★★★ According to winemaker Steve Skinner, they did 33 different picks across their syrah vineyards, which, for a smallish, 200-odd tonne winery is a huge effort “but it was so worth it because we were able to single out some absolutely stunning parcels to make wines like this […]

Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2013 $45 ★★★★½ An ultra-creamy example which washes caramel, marshmallow and roasted peach characters across your tastebuds.  There’s a hint of honeyed toast in there too.  Slippery and silky to drink and finishing with a splash of melon and mango, it’s a gentle giant.  www.elephanthill.co.nz

Elephant Hill Airavata Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2009

Elephant Hill Airavata Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2009 $90 ★★★★★ Wow!  Inky, purple-black in the glass and what a nose!  Seductive aromas of plum paste, white pepper and chocolate lead to spicy, luscious liquorice and Belgian biscuit flavours, which are just fantastic. Winemaker Steve Skinner has created a really special wine here, with delicious warmth, succulence and […]

Syrah Spins My Wheels…

I’m writing this column the morning after having done my first spin class. If you’re a squeamish sort then hop up now and go and move the cat or phone a horoscope hotline for the next few minutes because this won’t be pretty.  I’m not talking about  channelling my inner rumplestiltskin with a bag of […]

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