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GENTLE GIANT RED

GENTLE GIANT RED

GENTLE GIANT RED

With high sunshine hours and low rainfall, Hawke’s Bay is perfectly suited to growing wine grapes and crafting premium wine.

Elephants are respectfully referred to as gentle giants. These four legged, full bodied pachyderms provide the muscle and brawn wherever it’s needed in the jungles of Asia. Founders of Elephant Hill Winery, Roger and Reydan Weiss, spent considerable time travelling through south-east Asia and had a soft spot and great admiration for these large beasts of burden. So why not honour them by naming their winery accordingly. They commissioned a wood carver from Myanmar (formerly Burma) to carve a 3 meter tall Burmese elephant with intricate details and placed it at the head of the palm-lined driveway leading to the winery. It gets people’s inquisitive minds working when they come across the name, and, what the heck, why not check out the winery in case there actually are some elephants present. While consumers tend to think of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir as New Zealand’s signature grapes, there is quite a following for their full bodied reds with the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island considered to be their “Bordeaux” with corresponding red varietals. With high sunshine hours and low rainfall, Hawke’s Bay is perfectly suited to growing wine grapes and crafting premium wine. All the vineyards are 100% accredited sustainable. A 67% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc blend, it received 5 stars and 94 points from Sam Kim’s Wine Orbit publication. To quote: "This is splendidly fruited and beautifully fragrant on the nose, showing cassis, dark plum, violet, cedar and subtle spice aromas, leading to a wonderfully weighted palate that delivers terrific fruit purity and intensity. It's plump and flavoursome with a lengthy delicious finish.” New Zealand lamb chops here we come. Please!

2016 ELEPHANT HILL MERLOT-CABERNET-MALBEC V630517, $28.95.

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