Trinity Hill – Homage 2018 Release
Chief Winemaker Warren Gibson has finally run out of excuses other than "It's part of the packaging." or "It's what the market expects." to keep the closure of Homage sealed under natural cork.
Trinity has been trailing screwcap closure and studies the result since 2001, all other Trinity wines closure are sealed under screwcap since 2013, except Homage, since the first release of 2002 up until vintage 2017 was sealed under natural corks.
This 2018 Homage is bottled with a screwcap closure, I think it's a great move! Who wants to age their wine for years then find that the wine is corked? Especially this is a very age-worthy wine.
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Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2018, Hawke’s BaySyrah from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 10-Aug-2020Deep, dark ruby-black with high density, lighter on edge with a purple shade. The bouquet is complex and poise, packed with concentration and intensity, aromas of deep florals, controlled fruit nuances of plums and boysenberries, melded with medicinal herbs, spearmint, leather, unfolding coffee, mocha integrated oak element. Full-bodied, a rich and concentrated core of plums and boysenberries, gently entwined with medicinal herbs, coffee, leather; unveiling cedar, herbaceous freshness and black pepper linger to a long sustained finish. The flavours are dense with great intensity but not cloying. Fine-grained velvety tannin extraction has seamlessly integrated into the wine, leaves a lusciously pleasurable texture on the palate. Acidity is lacy and lifting, remarkably balanced, provides freshness and flow to linearity. This is a complexing, integrated Syrah living up to its fame and expectation. Serve decanted with lamb and beef over the next 10-15 years. Handpicked from selected parcels and fermented separately. 99.6% Syrah, 0.4% Viognier fermented to 13% alc. One parcel was fermented with 100% whole bunch and viognier skins, all other destemmed. Aged in French oak barriques for 12-15 months, 32% new. Once parcel aged for 8 months in 5,400-litre French oak oval followed by another 6 months in barriques. First time bottled under screwcap. 19.5/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $150