back to top

Elephant Hill's Salome Tops NZ Wine Tasting by Master of Wine & International Wine Critic Rebecca Gibb MW.

Elephant Hill 2019 Salome Chardonnay

Elephant Hill’s 2019 Salomé Chardonnay, from Hawke’s Bay, was awarded the highest score (97/100 points) by Rebecca Gibb, a respected UK-based Master of Wine, in her latest New Zealand white wine report and tasting of over 250 wines published March 15th in the prominent international publication Antonio Galloni ‘Vinous’

The Elephant Hill wine topped a long list of wines from many of New Zealand’s renowned producers, including Felton Road, Craggy Range, Pyramid Valley, Neudorf, Cloudy Bay, Dog Point, Escarpment and Greywacke.

Rebecca says 'The 2019 Chardonnay Salomé is a robust mouthful of a wine. It is a focused, taut and well-defined Chardonnay. While only medium in body the fruit from the coastal vineyard of Te Awanga and the warmer, more inland parcel in the Bridge Pa Triangle combines to make a rich, intense yet refreshing, salty yet savoury expression. The high-quality French oak provides toasted-hazelnut-like characters alongside ripe nectarine fruit and smoky bacon. Startlingly good.'

Salomé is Elephant Hill’s top tier Chardonnay, named after a well-loved ancestor of the family who own the boutique winery located on the Te Awanga coast in Hawke’s Bay. The wine is produced from meticulously hand tended, hand harvested, low cropped Chardonnay mostly from Elephant Hill’s coastal Te Awanga ‘Sea’ vineyard, blended with Chardonnay from their Bridge Pa Triangle ‘Earth’ vineyard. The highest quality fruit combined with an outstanding 2019 vintage season has resulted in this exceptional wine.

Only 1320 bottles/110 cases of 2019 Salomé were produced. It is ready to drink now or will age gracefully till at least 2030. The recommended retail price is NZ$75.00 per bottle

This accolade for Elephant Hill continues the growing recognition that the Hawke’s Bay’s wine region and its quality-focussed Chardonnay producers have been garnering at home and around the world. They are fast showing that New Zealand has much more to offer besides the already globally recognised Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough.    

Rebecca Gibb MW is an award-winning wine journalist, author of The Wines of New Zealand and one of only 409 Masters of Wine in the world. A former winner of the UK’s Young Wine Writer of the Year and the inaugural Louis Roederer Emerging Wine Writer of the Year, Rebecca became a Master of Wine in 2015. In a record class of 24 graduates, she was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Madame Bollinger medal in recognition of her outstanding tasting ability. Having lived in New Zealand for six years (2010-2016), Rebecca has since returned to her roots in the north of England where she lives with her Kiwi husband and six-year-old son.

Vinous has subscribers in over 100 countries and is one of the most respected wine publications in the world.



Welcome to the 2021 release of our Icons and Limited Edition wines.

The 2018 and 2019 vintages are the first two in a run of exceptional years for Hawke’s Bay wines.

When we are blessed by Mother Nature, the stars align and we get the perfect combination of benign Spring weather, with no frosts to damage young buds or shoots, followed by a warm and dry summer with just enough rain, leading to an Indian summer for the critical Autumn ripening period where settled mild weather helps build up the layers of flavours and sugars in the grapes, before an ideal harvest in dry conditions. These conditions do not occur every year, but when they do, we are able to produce our top tiers of wines: Icon and Limited Edition.

In this offer we are pleased to release our 2018 reds, two in the Icon range: Hieronymus and Airavata which are the absolute pinnacles of Elephant Hill’s Bordeaux style red blends, and Syrah, respectively. These are the most hedonistic and refined expressions of these varieties that we produce.

And three 2018 Stone reds in our Limited Edition range: a STONE Syrah, and rare bottlings of STONE Cabernet Sauvignon and STONE Cabernet Franc. Our Stone wines all come from our Gimblett Gravels vineyard and they are wines that really reflect the place they were grown, they are a voice of the vineyard, distinctive and characterful. 2018 was a phenomenal year for the Cabernet varieties so we decided to bottle small volumes of the two single varietals Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc separately, as the wines were simply so good we did not want to blend them all into the Hieronymus.

For Chardonnay lovers, we have our two 2019 whites; Salomé from the Icon range and the SEA Chardonnay. Both wines were produced in limited volumes this year with the Salomé being the ‘best of the best’ of our Chardonnay, our most luxurious bottling, While the Sea Chardonnay is a unique and distinctive expression of this variety grown in our coastal vineyard by the Pacific Ocean, with more freshness, saline and oyster shell characters weaved into the wine. Something for everyone…

Whatever might interest you, do take advantage of this offer while the wines remain available.

Enjoy the wines now or cellar somewhere safe for years to come.




Father's Day gifting guide

Looking for some inspiration for this upcoming Father's Day? We have a few ideas for you.

Airavata Syrah Vertical $330
Power and finesse
Three beautifully aged Airavata from some of the finest vintages in Hawke's Bay. This vertical includes the 2013, 2014, 2015 vintages and a complimentary premium Teflon coated corkscrew. These wines still have many years to go so don't rush to open!

Salomé Chardonnay Vertical $220
Sophisticated and fragrant
This vertical includes the 2016, 2017 and 2018 vintages. Salomé is a classic cellaring style, with great fruit purity and impressive complexity. 

Reds for Dad $110
Hawke's Bay Classic
 Full-bodied red blends might be the ultimate choice! This set includes the 2015 Merlot Malbec, 2016 Reserve Cabernet Franc & 2016 Le Phant Rouge

June 2020 Journal

Click here to read the full version