Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ Syrah 2010

The Trinity Hill ‘Homage' Syrah is among the very best expressions of that northern Rhone red variety in New Zealand. It sits alongside the likes of Craggy Range ‘Le Sol' , Bilancia ‘La Collina', Te Mata ‘Bullnose' and Stonecroft ‘Reserve' as Hawke's Bay's most revered, all with excellent track records. The ‘Homage' bottlings were inspired by John Hancock working harvest in 1996 with Gerard Jaboulet of Paul Jaboulet Aine, maker of the world classic ‘La Chapelle' Hermitage'. John took back the vision of a similar styled wine from the oldest vines in the Gimblett Gravels terroir, cropped extremely low to attain the greatest concentration and character. Gerard passed away in 1997, and the Trinity Hill wine is named ‘Homage' in tribute to him. The first vintage was the 2002, with releases in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009. (Click here to read my review of a vertical tasting, where I rated the 2006 20.0/20 points.) The 2010 has been released, and Trinity Hill see it in the same league as the 2002 and 2006, if not better. I had a taste of the 2010 at a Gimblett Gravels Showcase tasting in August, in a situation where I was working quickly through many samples. (Click here to see my notes.) Here is my review of the new wine under more stringent conditions. www.trinityhill.com

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