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LE PHANT 2016 Certified sustainable, Hawke's Bay, North Island
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer ELEPHANT HILL
Assessed from a bottle purchased at the LCBO. Tasty, very ripe, juicy and ready - best with BBQ ribs. Extremely deep intense purple colour. Intense, complex, gently smoky, mocha-chocolate-cassis-black cherry nose. Dry, medium to medium-full bodied, quite well structured, slightly spicy, intense, warm juicy, black cherry-cassis flavours with a lingering, cedary, somewhat smoky, gentle mocha-chocolate finish. This new crowd-pleasing blend of Merlot (72%), Syrah (18%), Malbec (5%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (2%) has 13.5% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar with lot number 23/02/17 on the lower part of the glass bottle. Aged for 12 months French oak (25% new). CSPC 447367
Type Red Table Wine
Agent HHD Imp
Country New Zealand
Region
Rating **/**+(88.5 points)
Bright, Juicy, Cherry-Cassis-Chocolate
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: A gorgeous blend of merlot, syrah and malbec, the inviting bouquet shows black currant, plum, vanilla, cedar and mixed spice aromas, followed by a succulent palate that is plump and silky. The wine offers excellent weight and fruit intensity, leading to a lingering smooth finish. It is rich and flavoursome with plenty of attractive flavours. At its best: now to 2024. Score - 93 (Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz, Feb. 2019) Price $ 23.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - May 2, 2020
Cases bought 110 (12 bottles per case)

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Score:  - NOT PRESENTED  * Very Basic   *+ OK   ** Good   **/**+ Very Good   **+ Excellent   *** Outstanding   ***+ Superb

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