Cabernet Sauvignon, Peter Franus
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Grape VarietyMerlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Franc
StyleFull & Opulent
Reydan and Roger Weiss first fell in love with the beauty of Te Awanga when visiting from Germany in 2001. Together they envisaged owning a state-of-the-art winery, merging the traditional values of winemaking with an innovative approach and contemporary style to produce exceptional wines to savour and enjoy. With the majestic elephant as the company's namesake, Elephant Hill has over 61 hectares of vineyards in Te Awanga, Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa. Under the supervision of winemaker Steve Skinner they produce award-winning wines; classical, aromatic whites and world-class reds.
The Elephant Hill vineyards enjoy the spoils of a temperate, dry climate and an extended growing season. Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa vineyards have a slightly warmer climate than the coastal sites, perfect for the ripening of Syrah grapes. Cooled by afternoon Pacific Ocean sea breezes, the single vineyard on the Te Awanga coast grows grapes with lively acidity, excellent maturation and ripeness. This moderated climate results in intense flavour development ensuring distinct wines are produced representing the terroir of Te Awanga.
Le Phant is a classic red blend of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The grapes were harvested by hand and carefully de-stemmed to an open top cuve and fermented over a twelve day period, then gently pressed to new oak puncheons. Slow malolactic fermentation in barrel and minimal intervention with 12 months in 20% new oak has resulted in a concentrated yet elegant Le Phant blend.
The nose displays Cassis, black doris plum and hints of blackberry, it is rich and ripe with earthy tobacco undertones and a pleasant lifted cabernet character. The aroma continues onto the palate with strong plum, cinnamon and smoky notes. With silky tannins and a long finish this wine can be enjoyed now or for the next 5 years.