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Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2015

08 May,2017
Trinity Hill has taken to its Syrah programme with great vigour and belief. While the Bordeaux-red varieties are of prime importance, and indeed have provided some sensational wines, these may be surpassed by Syrah. The ‘Homage’ is Trinity Hill’s flagship wine now, and it is named in tribute to Gerard Jaboulet of Paul Jaboulet Aine in the Rhone Valley, maker of the famous ‘La Chapelle’ Hermitage, one of the world’s great wines. The lessons learned in making the ‘Homage’ have been applied to making the ‘Black Label’ Gimblett Gravels wine, and we are now seeing this wine grow in beauty of expression, finesse, complexity and stature. The last two vintages, the 2014 (click here to see my review) and 2013 (click here to see my review) have been outstanding, showing the combination of sophisticated vinification as well as superb growing seasons. Here, I review the new 2015 vintage release, which continues the work. www.trinityhill.com

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Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

19+/20

Very dark, black-hued ruby-red with purple tints, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant with a fine and intense aroma of ripe black berried fruits entwined with subtle dark raspberry fruit along with complexing savoury dark herb and whole bunch stalk elements. Black pepper, spices and florals add to the aromatic diversity. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and succulent, juicy flavour of blackberries and dark raspberries melded with a layering of savoury dark herbs and whole bunch complexities, unfolding spice and black pepper suggestions, The mouthfeel is vibrant and lively, energised by lacy acidity, and the fruit is supported by well-balanced extract and tannin structure. The flavours blossom with florality and complex savoury herb and whole bunch notes, and carry to a long nd sustained, elegant finish. This is a rich, succulent and juicy Syrah with black fruits and complex layers of herbs and whole bunch on a well-structured, lively and elegant palate. This will aged 8-10+ years. 100% Syrah from the Gimblett Gravels, hand-picked and fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in new and seasoned oak barriques and 5,000 L oak ovals. 19.0+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $35.00

Very full, dark, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. This has a beautiful, elegantly proportioned, intense and tightly concentrated nose of aromatic, ripe blackberry and dark raspberry fruit, along with violet florals, unfolding notes of Asian spices, liquorice and hints of black pepper melded with dark herbs at the core. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly presented with tightly bound flavours of ripe blackberries with dark raspberries and lifted violet florals, unveiling spices, black pepper and liquorice. The fruit is sweetly rich, and balanced by refined, powdery tannin extraction and integrated acidity, providing supple structure with an elegant core and linearity. The wine carries to a detailed, lingering finish. This is a beautifully aromatic, blackberry and raspberry fruited and violetty fragrant Syrah with refined tannins and a supple, lingering palate. Match with lamb, beef, venison and Mediterranean fare over the next 6-8+ years. 100% Syrah from the Gimblett Gravels, hand-picked and fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in new and seasoned oak barriques and 5,000 L oak ovals. 19.0/20 May 2017 RRP $35.00
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