Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Tempranillo 2008

Tempranillo from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 17-Nov-2011
Dark, deep ruby-red with purple hues on rim, this has a very full, brambly nose with dark red berry fruits, earth, dried herb and some milk chocolate aromas, all solidly and sturdily presented. Full-bodied, this is robust and chunky with considerable tannin extraction and grainy grip underlining the palate. Sweet and savoury red berry fruits, showing juiciness along with hints of pepper, game and herbs match the structure. This is a dense and rugged wine that will match flavoursome, slow-cooked red meat dishes over the next 4-6 years. 87% Tempranillo, 10% Touriga Nacional, 2% Malbec and 1% Viognier from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in new and seasoned French and American oak, plus stainless-steel barrels.  Nov 2011 87% Tempranillo, 10% Touriga Nacional, 2% Malbec and 1% Viognier, all from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.0% alc., with 11 months aging in new and old French and American oak. Dark ruby coloured, this has a rich and ripe nose of raspberries and black cherries, along with a bramble note, lifted with floral nuanced. Medium weighted, this has an open and inviting nature, with sweetly ripe dark red berry flavours along with proper tannin robustness that combines exceptionally well with the fruit richness, rendering the wine supple and plummy, yet with some structure. 4-5+ years, matched with most red meat dishes.  Mar 2011

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