“Immediately captivating bouquet with dark berries and violets, dark wood spices and, plums, blackberry and dried herbs; quite complex and alluring. On the palate – intense, sweet fruited with blackberry and dark plum, olive and a touch of boot-polish and tar. Ripe tannins, medium+ acidity, a core of fruit, clove and vanilla, violet and tobacco. Lengthy finish, persistent flavours and extremely food friendly.” -Cameron Doulgas MS

  • Sam Kim 5 stars ,95 points
  • Cameron Douglas MS 94 points
  • Michael Cooper, 5 stars



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2017 Elephant Hill Reserve Syrah

Established in 2003, Elephant Hill located within a stone’s throw of the Pacific Ocean on the idyllic Te Awanga coast of Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island.

The winemaking at Elephant Hill is driven by tradition while not losing sight of what innovation can bring to the blend. Our aim is to make wines that are balanced, elegant and a true expression of the vineyards they come from.


2017 was a challenging year for the whole of Hawke’s Bay industry. At Elephant Hill however we believe in maximizing our input to achieve the best we can in any one season. With a ‘no-holds’barred approach we believe we cans still produce superior quality wines which typify the season, all be in at much lower volumes.

The 2017 Reserve Syrah is made with 99% of Syrah grapes from our Gimblett, Te Awanga and Bridge Pa Triangle Vineyards with 1% Viognier co-fermented into the blend. Small ferments ranging from 1 to 5 tonnes combining traditional open top oak cuves and stainless open top fermenters. The ferments were hand plunged and the wine was then aged for 20 months in 38% new French oak with an additional 4 months in tank on lees. There was no fining and minimal filtration.

The 2017 Reserve Syrah has dark, youthful colour. Rich and silkytextured, with concentrated plum, spice flavours and a hint of violet petal. Deliciously elegant and harmonious. It is a wine that will keep improving and can be enjoyed with proper cellaring for up to 2026.

Alcohol Content: 13.4 %
Residual Sugar: <1 g/L


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