HAWKE’S BAY TALK – UNRAVEL THE GRAVEL & MORE
Hawke’s Bay, located on the eastern shore of the North Island, is one of New Zealand's warmest regions. With high sunshine hours and low rainfall, the area is perfectly suited to growing wine grapes and crafting premium wine. Its Gimblett Gravels premium wine growing sub-district, covering 800 hectares, is characterized by the gravelly soils laid down by the old Ngaruroro River, which were exposed after a huge flood in the 1860’s. Founded in 2003 by the late Roger, and Reydan Weiss, Elephant Hill Winery made sure it was able to purchase some prime vineyard parcels on “The Gravels.” This blend is made of 72% Merlot, 18% Syrah, 5% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes hand-picked off their Gimblett (69 %), Te Awanga (16%) and Bridge Pa Triangle (15%) vineyards. What else but grilled lamb chops would we recommend to go with this wine? 2016 ELEPHANT HILL LE PHANT ROUGE (Merlot/Syrah/Malbec) V447367, $24.95. (May 2) It received a gold medal at the 2018 China Wine & Spirits Awards plus 93 points from New Zealand’s Wine Orbit Magazine. Why the winery name? Where are those elephants to be found in New Zealand? There aren’t any, but the Weisses travelled extensively in southeast Asia and had a soft spot for those gentle giants. They had nothing but admiration for those powerful pachyderms, the four legged labourers of the jungle. Upon founding the winery they placed a large custom carved wooden elephant sculpture, pictured here, shipped from Myanmar, on the winery grounds.