Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay 2012 White and 2011 Red Releases


With a high quality vintage looking likely for 2013 in Hawke’s Bay and for New Zealand in general, it would be easy to overlook the more difficult last three vintages. In general, the east coast of the North Island did not enjoy the success of some of the other regions, with very slow or late ripening in 2010 and 2012, and disease pressure as well as rain in 2011. Newcomers to the scene would have been frightened by such conditions, but experienced hands seem to take such times in their stride, and produce good if not excellent wines regardless. One such veteran team is that at Trinity Hill. John Hancock and Warren Gibson have over six decades of New Zealand winemaking behind them collectively, which stands them in great stead in handling challenging vintages. Some varieties perform especially well , and they would also point out that a number of well-established sites in particularly favourable areas in Hawke’s Bay performed very successfully in these years, and it would be a mistake to dismiss the region’s wine in total. I review the fruits of their labour with the following 2012 white and 2011 red releases under their value and accessible ‘Hawke’s Bay’ tier. www.trinityhill.com


  • Trinity Hill ‘Hawke’s Bay’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2012
  • Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012
  • Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2011
  • Trinity Hill ‘The Trinity’ Hawke’s Bay 2011
  • Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Tempranillo 2010

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