An iconic NZ winery in Hawke's Bay. In the late 1980’s Winemaker John Hancock met with Bleeding Heart restaurant owners Robyn and Robert Wilson at their restaurant in London and a seed was planted. In 1993 that seed became Trinity Hill on a stony site in Hawkes Bay which they knew would have the ability to produce outstanding wine for some of the great restaurants and wine stores of the world. American company “Terroir” completed the trinity in 2014.
Chief winemaker Warren Gibson joined since 1997, worked alongside John Hancock. The super-premium wine Homage Syrah was first created in 2002.The ‘White Label’ wines cover a broad range of varieties and are made from fruit from vineyards around the wider Hawke’s Bay, Being a Gimblett Gravels-based winery, its premium ‘Black Label’ wines are, of course, made from fruit from estate vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels. The flagship wine, the ‘Homage’ Syrah is a forward-thinking and beautiful interpretation of the Syrah grape, which many considered the rising star of Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Hawkes BaySauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 08-Jun-2020Bright, light lemon with a green hue, lighter on edge. The nose is delicate with fragrances of lime, lemongrass; melded with a lifted scent of elderflower and a dusty, chalky mineral. Dry to taste, medium-light bodied with a fine texture, the palate is soft with flavours of lime, lemongrass and a sweet note of elderflower. The palate is smooth along a fine-textured phenolic line; the wine is energetic hauling soft lacy acidity, delicate spices and a mineral finish. This is a softly presented Sauvignon Blanc with gentle fragrances of lime, lemongrass and elderflower on the palate with beautiful phenolic textures, lacy acidity and good linearity. Match with white fish ceviche and seashells over the next 3 years. Fruit from Mangaorapa Station in Porangahau, fermented to 11.5% alc, 4.1g/l RS. 18/20pts June 2020 RRP$22.99
Trinity Hill Chardonnay 2019, Hawkes BayChardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 08-Jun-2020Bright, light yellow with a golden hue, even colour throughout. The nose is elegant with notes of lemon, grapefruit and peach; entwined with a soft buttery tone, warmed nuts and spices. The wine is vibrant with lacy acidity, presenting lively citrus, white peach nuances, lovely warmed nuts and spices. Medium-bodied, beautiful creamy texture with a lightness, raising a soften butter note, carrying smoothly to an elegant chalky textured sustained finish with an amalgam of spices. This is a gentle, sleek Chardonnay with the sweet fruit of citrus and peach; a creamy mouthfeel flows beautifully with warm butter and nuts, balanced with fine phenolic extraction. Match with poultry and white fish over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from vineyards of Bridge Pa, Maraekakaho, Haumoana, Gimblett Gravels & Ohiti, fermented to 13% alc. 18/20pts June 2020 RRP$22.99
Trinity Hill Merlot 2019, Hawkes BayMerlot from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 08-Jun-2020Dark, deep ruby-red with a youthful purple hue, lighter on edge. The nose is voluminous with aromas of ripened plums, blackberries, unfolding deep florals, dark chocolate interweaved a subtle layer of baking spices. This wine is smooth and generously presented. Medium-full bodied, displaying sweet scent of plums, blackberries; the chocolatey tannin extraction and structure broadened the palate with weight and interweaved spices to a sustained finish. This is a smooth and generous Merlot with flavours of plums, blackberries and oak spices with good tannin structure and body. Match with grilled red meat and casseroles over the next 5+ years. Fruit from vineyards of Gimblett Stones, Tin Shed and Gimblett Gravels. Merlot 85%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5% fermented to 13.5% alc. aged for 7 months in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels. 18+/20pts June 2020 RRP$22.99
Trinity Hill Syrah 2019, Hawkes BaySyrah from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 08-Jun-2020Dark, deep ruby-red with a purple hue, lighter on edge. The nose is controlled with beautiful aromas of violet, boysenberries and plums, melded with Provencal herbs fragrant and a layer of stony mineral. The palate is robust and fresh; lively acidity carries gentle ripened fruit notes of boysenberries and plums, entwined with herbs and meaty complexity. Medium-full bodied, there is a structure of smooth and hearty tannin, along with alcohol power and aromatic peppercorns. A satisfying mouthfeel with the right amount of complexity and freshness to keep going back for another sip. This is an attractive Hawkes Bay Syrah, offers excellent value; elegant tannin structure, carries aromas of boysenberry, plum fruit, melded with an amalgam of violet, herbs, meatiness and stony mineral complexity, and a lift of peppercorns. Served with grilled lamb and hearty stews over the next 5 years. Fruit destemmed, 3 weeks maceration before fermented in stainless steel to 13.5% alc. Aged 8 months in stainless steel tanks and a short time in seasoned French oak. 18.5/20pts June 2020 RRP$22.99
Trinity Hill The Trinity Red Blend 2017, Hawkes BayBlended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 08-Jun-2020Bright, medium ruby-red with depth, lighter on edge. The nose is poise, displaying combination aromas of juicy plums, blackberries, cassis and red berries; along with herbs, subtle oak spices and some red floral elements. The palate is fresh with taut acidity, carrying aromas of a mix of berries, plums and cassis along with a subtle herbal note and baking spices on the finish. Medium-full bodied, the palate is structured by a core of fine-grained tannin, providing grip and linearity, with fresh acidity. This is an elegant Merlot predominant, Cabernet blend with juicy aromas of mixed berries, plums and cassis along with subtle herbs and spicy details of oak on the palate with gippy fine-grained tannin structure. Match with lamb and beef grill over the next 3 years. Fruit from vineyards of Gimblett Stones, Tin Shed and Gimblett Estate. 63% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc fermented to 12.5% alc. Aged in a combination of French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks for 15 months. 17.5/20pts June 2020 RRP$22.99