Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2011

Viognier from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 12-Feb-2014
Bright, light golden-hued straw colour, light on edge. The nose is fresh and moderately full with tightly held aromas of ripe apricots and citrus zest, and nutty, minerally notes, revealing deoth and concentration. Dry to taste and tight in construction, the fruit expression is restrained, but nevertheless succulent and rich. The palate has elegance and finesse with a seamless flow, leading to a tight, linear, minerally finish carried by the phenolics and acidity. This will keep well, another 3-4 years. 18.0+/20 Feb 2014 91% Viognier and 9% Marsanne, from the company's ‘Gimblett Estate', ‘Gimblett Stones' and ‘Tin Shed' sites, hand-picked and WBP, fully fermented in old oak with indigenous yeasts to 13.9% alc. and 2.6 g/L rs. The wine was aged in barrel 10 months with lees contact and partial MLF. Bright, very pale straw colour with some green hues, pale on rim. This has an elegantly intense and aromatic nose of orange zest, ripe yellow stonefruits and apticots, along with steely, mineral nuances, still tightly bound and with much to unfold. Dry to taste, and medium-full bodied, fulsome and up-front flavours of orange zest and apricots are intermixed with exotic tropical fruits and honeysuckle. The fruit is gently mouthfilling and rounded in texture, with a near-unctuous creaminess. The acidity is balanced and lively providing good cut and line, enhancing the slipperiness of the mouthfeel, leading to a clean, restrained finish with soft white stonefruit flavours. This is a full, upfront, exotic Viognier with soft mouthfeel and a gentle finish. Match with seafood, and serve with Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine over the next 3-4+ years. 17.5+/20 Oct 2012 RRP $34.95

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