Reydan and Roger Weiss first fell in love with the beauty of Te Awanga when visiting from Germany in 2001. Together they envisaged owning a state-of-the-art winery, merging the traditional values of winemaking with an innovative approach and contemporary style to produce exceptional wines to savour and enjoy. With the majestic elephant as the company’s namesake, Elephant Hill has over 61 hectares of vineyards in Te Awanga, Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa. Under the supervision of winemaker Steve Skinner they produce award-winning wines; classical, aromatic whites and world-class reds. Le Phant Rouge is a full bodied Hawke’s Bay red blend of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were hand harvested from the Gimblett, Te Awanga and Triangle Vineyards. With typical blackberry and plum characters, a succulent texture and great finish, the wine can be enjoyed for a further 5 years from vintage.