2013 Elephant Hill "Hieronymus" Bordeaux Blend Hawke's Bay

SKU #1228427 100 points Raymond Chan

 ‘Hieronymus’ means ‘one with a sacred name’ in Greek and Latin. The name here pays tribute to the Weiss family ancestor Hieronymus Ebner von Eschenbach, Lord Mayor of Nuremberg. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon from the company’s Gimblett Gravels vineyard and 20% each Merlot and Malbec from the Triangle Vineyard co-fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 17 months in 80% new French oak. Very dark, black-hued, vibrant purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. This has a finely proportioned, tightly concentrated, smooth and silky presented nose of ripe blackcurrants, cassis liqueur and blackberry fruit, along with suggestions of sweet black plums, melded with iron-earth and black minerals, and some spicy oak toast nuances. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of ripe blackcurrants and blackberries are plush, sweet and vibrant with excellent freshness and vitality. The mouthfeel is lush, lively and full of verve and energy, with beautiful acid tension. The extraction and concentration are impressive, but the tannins very fine-grained, forming a tight and taut core with drive and linearity. As the wine flows, subtle iron-earth, minerals and spices lift the fruit profile, and the wine carries to a very long, lingering finish with richness, freshness poise and balance. This is a classically constructed rich, refined and structured Bordeaux blend with beautiful vitality to match the texture and richness. Serve with lamb, beef and venison over the next 15+ years.

98 points Sam Kim

 A spectacular red. This is dramatic and breath-taking, while remaining sophisticated and refined. A beautifully composed Bordeaux-style red, the fragrant bouquet shows cassis, dark plum and cedar characters with nuances of smoked meat, violet and tobacco. The palate is superbly concentrated and focused, yet expansive and plush, and exhibits awesome power and intensity. It is wonderfully structured by fine, chalky tannins, and remains elegant and persistent to the finish. A blend of estate grown cabernet sauvignon (60%, Gimblett Gravels) and 20% each malbec and merlot (Bridge Pa Triangle). A must for wine enthusiasts and collectors. At its best: 2020 to 2035.

K&L Notes

Direct Import partner Elephant Hill, is one of the most amazing wineries I have visited in New Zealand. They have some of the best parcels of vines in Hawke's Bay located in the heart of the renowned Gimblett Gravels. The "Hieronymus" or "sacred one" is made only in the most exceptional years from the very best parcels of fruit from the estate. The 2013 release has been given a perfect 100 points from NZ critic Raymond Chan and 98 points from Wine Orbit's Sam Kim. This is a very serious, powerful, Bordeaux inspired wine with huge fruit concentration and structure. It can be enjoyed as a young wine but is best cellared for 5-15 years. (Ryan Woodhoue - K&L NZ Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "The 2013 vintage has been hailed as one of Hawke’s Bay’s truly exceptional vintages giving us the quality of grapes good enough to make one of our Icon wines, the Hieronymus. Purposely held back and released after a year in bottle and two and half years after vintage these wines are the pinnacle of Elephant Hill’s winemaking and viticulture. The Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) is all from the Elephant Hill Gimblett Gravels Vineyard. The Malbec (21%) and Merlot (19%) are from the Elephant Hill Triangle Vineyard."

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 14