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