Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

Trinity Hill’s ‘Homage’ can be considered one of the very best, if not the best, Syrah made in New Zealand. Founding winemaker was inspired to create the wine following working harvest in 1996 with Gerard Jaboulet of Paul Jaboulet Aine, maker of the iconic ‘La Chapelle’ Hermitage wine. As a mark of gratitude for John’s outstanding vintage work, Gerard gave Trinity Hill cuttings of Syrah from his famed ‘La Chapelle’vineyardand Viognier from‘Les Jumelles’ in Cote Rotie, and from these, the Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ was born. This is Trinity Hill’s best Syrah from the oldest vines, low cropped and given the greatest care and attention throughout its elevage. It was named ‘Homage’ as a tribute to Gerard, who passed away in 1997. The first vintage was in 2002, and it has been released in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Originally a solely Gimblett Gravels wine, the 2013 sees a portion of the fruit from vines from Roys Hill, behind the winery. I previewed the 2013 wine at a visit by John Hancock and Warren Gibson to Wellington last month (click here to see my report). I was quite taken by the wine and rated it 20.0/20. The 2014 ‘Homage’ has now been bottled, and it appears there will be a 2015 vintage as well. The 2013 will be made available on 1 November, but can be purchased en primeur beforehand. I have had the opportunity of conducting a more thorough ‘Feature Review’ of the 2013 wine. It follows.


  • Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

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