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Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

13 March,2018

Although announcing his departure from Trinity Hill to re-start a new venture with his son, John Hancock’s expertise, experience and legacy with the Chardonnay variety lives on in the quality and style of the Trinity Hill bottlings. John and Warren Gibson developed the style of the Trinity Hill Chardonnays to be elegant and simultaneously complex, and to be some of the best examples in the region. The ‘Black Label’ Gimblett Gravels wine figures among Hawke’s Bay’s best with serious style. The more accessible ‘Hawke’s Bay’ Chardonnay has employed fruit from various sub-regions where cooler character has lent greater freshness and finesse. Here, I review the new release 2016 Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay.


Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Bright straw-yellow colour with light lemon hues, a little paler on the rim. The nose is light and elegant in expression with softly concentrated aromas of white stonefruits entwined with a little nutty and spicy oak, unfolding citrus fruit notes intermingling with lemon-curd and complexing oxidative suggestions. Medium-bodied, the palate has soft and gently rich flavours of white stonefruits melded with nutty oak and lemon-curd MLF flavours. The mouthfeel has a fine, rounded and concentrated heart with very fine phenolic textures and soft acidity. The wine carries to a light, nuanced finish. This is a soft and gently rich Chardonnay with a rounded core of stonefruit, nutty and lemon-curd MLF flavours with a smooth-textured mouthfeel. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. Clone 95, 15 and 548 fruit from Raukawa, Haumoana, Bridge Pa and the Gimblett Gravels, indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in French oak barrels with MLF, then wine then given a further 4 months on lees in tank. 17.5-/20 Mar 2018 RRP $22.99

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