Trinity Hill 2012 Gimblett Gravels Whites and Reds

The 2012 growing season in the Hawke’s Bay region was a cool and protracted one, with wine producers worrying if the fruit would ever ripen. Growers dropped fruit to ease the crop loading to assist and eventually, the fruit generally reached workable levels of ripeness and concentration to ensure decent wines for the market. Of course the signature of the season is apparent in many of the wines in their lighter body and alcohol, higher acidity and cooler-spectrum fruit expression. These attributes are not necessarily all negative, and in a modern world seeking greater elegance in wines, these are indeed positive traits. The key to successful wines is to avoid unripe flavours and harsh and unbalanced textures that result in lean and mean wines. So, a vintage such as 2012 has the potential to give us wines of delicacy, aromatics and beauty. However, experienced growers and winemakers have the ability and skills to take the wines to another level by ensuring concentration, texture, layers of detail and interest, if not complexity. Here, I review four 2012 wines from Trinity Hill, a Hawke’s Bay stalwart in the Gimblett Gravels, who I believe have done that in 2012.


  • Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2012
  • Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012
  • Trinity Hill ‘The Gimblett’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay 2012
  • Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2012

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