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Bordeaux-style reds - LE PHANT, Elephant Hill. Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

2013 Now finished: LE PHANT, Elephant Hill. Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Area: Hawkes Bay is on the eastern side of the north island, one of the warmest spots in NZ and hence good for serious reds. However it's still NZ - there's plenty of fruit in the wines but the weight and body is much more like a Merlot from St Emilion than from a classic New World origin
Grape Variety: 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec; matured for a year in French oak (20% new oak)
Producer: A 21st century project, founded and run by Germans Roger and Reydan Weiss, with Steve Skinner (previously at Trinity Hill) as winemaker. Managing Director is the charming G√ľnter Thies who recently hosted a brilliant tasting at The Old Bridge. The winery, overlooking the Te Awanga coast, is simply stunning
Old Bridge Rating: A modern style of New World Bordeaux-blend. Not a blockbuster, but not 'skinny' either. Vigorous, ripe and fresh

£19.00 per bottle
£18.05 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£17.10 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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