Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Marsanne/Viognier 2013

Blended White from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Feb-2015
Light golden-hued yellow, the nose is rich and densely packed with positive Viognier apricot and aromatic tropical fruits, along with honeysuckle layers. On palate, very rich and unctuous in texture, the flavour expression stylishly held back. There is no shortage of richness and weight here. This has density and smooth structure. Honey and floral rather than apricot and outright exotics. This has become more expressive, the Viognier a little more apparent, but the Marsanne weight and presence which is manifest as structure, even more obvious. 18.5+/20 Feb 2015 RRP $35.00 A blend of 69% Marsanne and 31%Viognier from the Gimblett Gravels, hand-picked and WBP, indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.9% alc. and 1.1 g/L RS, the wine aged 16 months in seasoned French oak on lees, undergoing MLF. Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour with some depth. The nose is densely packed with aromas of fresh yellow stonefruits, herbs and honeysuckle entwined with apricot, musk, mineral and nutty notes. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, gently rich and softly luscious flavours of yellow stonefruits, honey, apricots and musk form a weighty core. The palate has real presence with soft phenolics providing a subtle structure and background acidity lending freshness, energy and drive. The wine flows smoothly leading to an open, stonefruit-nuanced finish. This is a soft, weighty, accessible Marsanne/Viognier blend with stonefruit and musk flavours. Serve with antipasto, tapas and Mediterranean cuisine over the next 3-4+ years. 18.0+/20 Jan 2015 RRP $35.00

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