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06 November,2017
Trinity Hill is the consummate Hawke’s Bay wine producer with a strong and broad portfolio of wines that represent the range of styles made in the region, as well as wines that are among the pinnacle of the district. The core of Trinity Hill’s production is the ‘white' labelled; Hawke’s Bay tier which is the affordable collection that utilises fruit from throughout Hawke’s Bay. The premium tier is the ‘black labelled’ Gimblett Gravels tier, the wines of which are based solely on Gimblett Gravels fruit from estate plantings. Founder John Hancock and winemakers Warren Gibson and Damian Fischer are fully aware of the market and ensure their wines meet the needs. Currently, rosé wines are very popular, as is the Syrah variety. The Trinity Hill bottlings of these are exemplary. Here, I review the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Rosé, and Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2016. 2017 was a challenging vintage, but 2016 was a favourable one, maybe not quite in the league of 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Pale salmon-pink colour with a little depth, lighter on edge. The nose is softly full and deep with well-packed, taut aromas of red berry fruit and red florals along with an amalgam of nuts and thirst-quenching minerals, unfolding nuances of earth. Dryish to taste and medium bodied, the palate has sweet, juicy and lively flavours of red berry fruit and red florals along with subtle earthy notes and mouthwatering minerals. The palate has lift and vibrancy with brisk acidity, and the wine flows along a very fine-textured, smooth line, leading to a crisp finish with crunchy red fruits and mineral nuances. This is a refreshing, vibrant, dryish rosé with red berry fruits and lifted florals and mouthwatering mineral notes. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and antipasto over the next 2 years. A blend of Tempranillo, Merlot, Malbec, Montepulciano and Syrah, from the Gimblett Gravels, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 6.6 g/L RS. 18.0-/20 Nov 2017 RRP $20.00

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Very dark, deep purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, very youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full and voluminous with well-packed aromas of ripe dark raspberry fruit with blackberries, black and white pepper, dark-red and violet floral fragrances and nuances of dark herbs. Medium-bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated flavours of ripe blackberry and dark raspberries with a layering of pepper, lifted florals, dark herbs and spices. The fruit is supported by fine tannin extraction, lending powdery textures and grip The acidity is integrated and the mouthfeel is sweet and mouthfilling. The wine carries to a soft, lingering finish of dark-red fruits, pepper and spice. This is an elegantly concentrated Syrah with mouthfilling flavours of black and red fruits, pepper, florals and herbs on a fine-textured palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison, and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4-5 years. 98% Syrah, the fruit hand-picked from estate Gimblett Gravels vineyards fermented with 25% whole bunches and 2% Viognier co-fermented, to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months new and seasoned French oak barriques and 5,000 L oak ovals. 18.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $35.00
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