GENTLE GIANT WHITE
Hawke’s Bay, located on the eastern shore of the North Island, is one of New Zealand's warmest regions. With high sunshine hours and low rainfall, the area is perfectly suited for growing wine grapes and crafting premium wines. While well known for their Bordeaux-style reds, Elephant Hill Winery also produces delicious whites. Why the winery name? Where are elephants to be found in New Zealand? There aren’t any, but the owners, the Weiss family, travelled extensively in southeast Asia and had a soft spot for those gentle giants. They had nothing but admiration for those powerful pachyderms, the four legged labourers of the jungle. Upon founding the winery, they placed a large custom carved wooden elephant sculpture, shipped from Myanmar, on the winery grounds. And then there are the unique matching textured faux elephant skin labels shown on the bottle here. Sauvignon Blancs from the North Island are a bit softer on the palate, combined with tropical fruit notes in the bouquet and body. Compare this to the leaner Sauvignon Blancs of the South Island’s Marlborough region. On the nose we encounter Granny Smith apple, lime and fig notes. Bright fruit flavours characterize the palate and mouth feel. A lively palate-cleansing acidity wraps up this sensual exercise. Serve with a cold seafood salad made with lobster, scallops, crab and calamari drizzled with a creamy home-made vinaigrette of avocado oil, white wine and Dijon mustard.