2015 Homage Syrah - Number One!
"A superb wine. Quite possibly the greatest expression of Syrah that New Zealand has produced to date." We love receiving glowing reviews like this!
Five of our wines scored over 90 points in James Sucklings NZ Tasting with Homage taking out the top of the class with 99 points!
2015 Homage Syrah Released!
It's here! Our 2015 Homage Syrah has hit the shelves!
Available at fine wine stores and liquor outlets - or pop on over to our on-line shop for NZ wide delivery.
Wine Wizardry with Warren Gibson
Our Chief Winemaker Warren Gibson recently caught up with M2 Magazine to talk about the how to's of wine tasting.
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2015 Homage Syrah Greatly Received!
With the release of the 2015 Homage Syrah just one month away (Wednesday 1st November) we had to share some of the amazing reviews it has already received!
5 stars, 19.5+/20 - Raymond Chan
5 stars, 99/100 - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
5 stars, 98/100 - Bob Campbell
19/20 - Joelle Thomson
"The Homage 2015 is a smashingly good syrah" -
John Saker, Stuff News
The Best New Zealand Wines, The London Times.
Tempranillo, the time has come!
Jane MacQuitty, The Times. The best NZ Wines
'2016 Trinity Hill Tempranillo, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Soft, silky, red plum and voluptuous, squishy black fig-fruited, from Spain’s top grape, tempranillo.'
Pinot Noir 2015 -Editors Choice, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir 2015
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast, March 2018, USA
“complex and compelling wine from one of Hawkes Bay’s top producers”
Texsom International Wine Awards
Gimblett 2014 Wines Scoop Accolades in Texas!
Gimblett Gravels 2014 Syrah - Silver
Gimblett Gravels 2014 The Gimblett - Bronze
International Wine Challenge. UK Awards
INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE - LONDON - APRIL 2018
Silver; Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2016
Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah 2016
Bronze; Trinity HIll Gimblett Gravels 'The Gimblett' 2015
GOLD; Gimblett Gravels Syrah, 2015 Glorious powerful richness of dark fruit intensity. Very well balanced, incredible length, spicy and peppery with well integrated tannins. 95 POINTS!
HOMAGE SYRAH 2016 (NOT RELEASED)
Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 «««««
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with black hues, a little lighter edged. The nose is refined and elegant with beautiful proportion showing blackberry fruit along with liquorice and spices, unfolding voluminous perfumes of violet florals. This is so seamless and yet enveloping. Medium-full bodied, the fruit richness on palate is the feature, with sweet and succulent black fruits, liquorice and spices, along with fragrant violet and fine herb nuances. The level of detailing is impressive. The fruit has a very concentrated core, with excellent structure from flowery tannin extraction to match the fruitiness. The mouthfeel is vibrant and energetic with a harmonious vitality. Ripe plum and liquorice elents emerge on the long and sustained finish. This will live 15+ years by way of its finesse, richness and balance. 19.5/20 April 2018 RRP $TBA
RAYMOND CHAN «««««
Liberty Wines (@liberty_wines)
The first taste of 2016 Homage from Trinity Hill. Stunningly spicy with Italianate tannins. Who needs a label when the wine is this good! DG pic.twitter.com/1tmO0ONqLj
Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2015 Wine Anorak.com
Trinity Hill Syrah 2015 Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Fresh, vivid and peppery on the nose: more white pepper than black. The palate is midweight and supple, fresh and peppery, with fresh red and black cherry and blueberry notes. Nicely proportioned, fresh and beautifully balanced with vivid black fruits. Polished and appealing but with a subtly wild edge, too. This has a sense of elegance to it. Finishes dry and grippy but not austere. 93/100
Tasted by Andrew Cailliard. Written by DR Jamie Goode.
Syrah celebrations in the Otago Daily Times!
2016 Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah
Pungent perfume leaps from the glass, blueberry, violets, summer flowers. Rich and with real depth, the dark fruits joined by savoury nuances, porcini mushroom and forest floor, with powerful tannins giving a lip-smacking chewiness, yet the whole retaining a delightful freshness and lightness. Wonderful complexity that draws you back,
2016 Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah
Rating: Good to excellent
Darker, earthy nose with a touch of smoke and wildness. Red fruited palate, top notes of raspberry and pepper, supple and rounded, developing some smoky nuances. This grows nicely in the glass, developing a zesty tang and shows lovely vitality and freshness. Medium weight and nicely balanced wine that is in the slot to enjoy now.
Mark Henderson - Otago Daily Times Wine Reviews.
2016 Marsanne Viognier - The Times UK
Wine Review: Will Lyons’s wine selection for the perfect summer barbecue!
2016 Gimblett Gravels Marsanne Viognier, New Zealand
New Zealand House of Wine, £21
Looking to expand your palate with a little something that isn’t Chardonnay or Sauvignon blanc? Made by Trinity Hill in Hawkes Bay,this
delights with aromatics of honeysuckle and citrus,
A delicious choice with Asian Food
Cuisine Magazine! Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2016 + Gimblett Gravels The GImblett
5 Star. Top 5 - No 2
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2016 RRP $39.99
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett 2015 RRP$39.99
Wine Spectator Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2015 93 points!
Black pepper and paprika notes leap out of the glass featuring rich, ripe, black licorice-scented huckleberry and blackberry flavours. Generous and increasingly detailed on the finish, with hints of Earl Grey teal and toasted cumin coming in on a velvety frame. Drink now through 2028. 1000 Cases Made.
Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 5 Stars , Michael Cooper
The winery's flagship 'black label' Chardonnay from Hawke's Bay is typically intense and finely structured. Grown in the Gimblett Gravels and fermented and matured for a year in French oak puncheons (30-35 per cent new), the 2016 vintage (5*) is a model of refinement. Retasted in May 2018, it is light lemon/green, with a slightly smoky bouquet. Still very fresh and elegant, with strong, vibrant grapefruit and stone-fruit flavours, mealy, biscuity notes adding complexity, and obvious potential, it shows excellent vigour, drive and length; best drinking 2019+.
Michael Cooper Wine Reviews – June 2018
Touriga Nacional - Otago Daily Times
NV Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Touriga
Initial subtlety gives way to powerfully expressed dark fruits with lifted spirit notes. A brooding intensity to the dark fruits and bittersweet dark chocolate on the rich and textural frame, which is an exercise in restrained power. Sweetly fruited yet finishing dry, building in richness all the while, with a fruit pithy chewiness on the close.
More to come here methinks. Mark Henderson.
The Gimblett 2015 - Michael Cooper - The Listener NZ
This highly refined red was blended principally from cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. Dark and full-bodied 913.5%acl/vol), it has blackcurrant-like flavours, gently seasoned with nutty oak, and lovely richness, complexity and harmony.
Michael Cooper - NZ Listener. 5 Stars. 22 May 2018
DECANTER - MARSANNE VIOGNIER 2016
Decanter review of Alternative Whites from New Zealand
Outstanding Award - 95 Points
Decanter – September 2018 Edition
Marsanne Viognier - Financial Times UK
Jancis Robinson together with Mel Brown from NZ Wine Cellar with their top NZ Wine pics from the Financial Times, United Kingdom.
NZ Wine Cellar, Brixton, Mel Brown's top NZ picks.
Gimblett Gravels Marsanne Viognier 2016
“We don’t ask for much, because it’s not about us, we act as a conduit to bring New Zealand Wine to life, offering experiences & to evoke taste buds." Mel Brown, NZ Wine Cellar Brixton.
DECANTER. WINES OF THE YEAR UNDER 55 GBP SYRAH 2014
The most exciting wines of 2017
TRINITY HILL GIMBLETT GRAVELS SYRAH 2014
Decanter experts around the world named the five bottles under £55
that had impressed them most this year. After tasting and rating the
173 nominated wines, assessing them on harmony, complexity and
wow factor, our panel of three judges compiled the ultimate top 75
across all styles. Christelle Guibert,
Winestate - Gimblett Gravels Syrah and Chardonnay
Unreleased Homage 2016 The Real Review - Bob Campbell
Rich, Christmas cake aroma with dried fruits, plum, spice and sappy characters on the palate. An intense and powerful syrah that clearly needs plenty of bottle age before it eases into second gear. Slightly closed and hard to read at this stage. A pre-release sample that will be reviewed again when it is on the market. 29 Jul 2018
Bob Campbell, The Real Review August 6 2018.
The Gimblett 2014 -The Tasting Panel US
Outstanding: Anthony Dias Blue
The Gimblett 2014. Wine Reviews Online.com USA
Trinity Hill, Gimblett Gravels (Hawke's Bay, New Zealand) "The Gimblett" 2014 ($30, V2 Wine Group)
Every so often, a wine captures one’s senses with a combination of fruit expression, texture, aromatic and flavor complexity that is truly memorable. The Gimblett from Trinity Hill is a blend of Bordeaux varieties that is a beautiful expression of its site and its winemaking heritage. Deep in color, it has a bouquet of blackberry and black currant fruits backed by elements of vanilla, fresh herbs, flowers and subtle spices. On the palate, it shows a beautifully balanced array of flavors. Blackcurrant, blackberry and black cherry fruits are interwoven with nuances of vanilla, baking spice, herbs, graphite and vanilla. The texture is silky and elegant, the balance of fruit and oak is impeccable and the finish is long and lively. Delicious now, it will cellar well for a decade and beyond. A blend of Cabernet Franc (49%), Cabernet Sauvignon (39%), Merlot (9%) and Malbec (3%). 96 Wayne Belding MS
Trinity HIll The Gimblett 2015
Huon Hooke The Real Review
Deep, bright red/purple colour, the bouquet showing fresh berries and almond meal or shaved almond-like nuances, possibly from oak, while the palate is medium to full-bodied and soft, with mouth-coating fine-grained tannins, which are quite drying on the follow-through. A young wine with potential. 23 Aug 2018
GIMBLETT GRAVELS CHARDONNAY SCOOPS GOLD
NZ INTERNATIONAL WINE SHOW - 2018
JAMES SUCKLING.COM 94 POINTS! THE GIMBLETT 2016
This has an attractive array of fine pepper and spice aromas with dark
chocolate and ripe plums. There’s elegance here, as well as a long wrap of
fine, ripe tannins. Very convincing finish. A blend of 43 per cent cabernet
sauvignon, 41 per cent cabernet franc 14 per cent merlot and two per cent
malbec. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
TROPHY! THE GIMBLETT HAWKES BAY A&P WINE AWARDS
HAWKE'S BAY A&P BAYLEYS WINE AWARDS
No9 - Champion Red Blends Cabernet Sauvignon Dominant
TRINITY HILL GIMBLETT GRAVELS THE GIMBLETT 2016
20/20! HOMAGE 2016 RAYMOND CHAN REVIEW
Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016
Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay
Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with a very deep and finely with concentrated core with an array of aromatics, showing beautifully ripened blackberry fruit entwined with dark raspberries, harmoniously layered with an array of dark-red and violet florals, together with exotic Asian spice elements, nuances of dark herbs, and a suggestion of black pepper. This has an amazing range of fragrances and aromatics that are expressed without showiness, but plenty of style and harmony. Medium-bodied, the palate is mouthfilling with refined, plush and sweetly rich, ripe and succulent fruit flavours of blackberries and dark raspberries, hints of plums and liquorice , unfolding layers of dark-red and violet florals with exotic spices. This is multi-dimensional and multi-faceted in expression. Te fruit is supported by the very finest powdery tannins, but with considerable extract, structure and presence, but is is no way overbearing. The acidity is harmoniously integrated, and the wine carries to a sustained finish of richness. This is a beautifully harmonious and multi-dimensional and complex detailed Syrah of great beauty, finesse and fragrance. Match with the best lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 10-15 years. 100% Syrah, predominantly MS clone from 20 y.o. vines in the Gimblett Gravels with the inclusion of a small amount of new clone material from hillside plantings behind the winery on Roys Hill (officially not part of the Gimblett Gravels). Fruit all hand-picked, foot-stomped and fermented with 30% whole bunches on average (some lots 100%), adding Viognier skins to 13.0% alc., the wine spending on average 30 days on skins, and aged 15 months in predominantly new French oak barriques and a portion in 5,000 L oak ovals. 20.0/20 Oct 2018 RRP $140.00
HOMAGE 2016 YVONNE LORKIN REVIEW
Trinity Hill Homage Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $140
Inhale. Exhale. For starters, an ‘Homage’ is not made unless the grapes have been blessed by the weather gods and carefully coaxed through the season and into the bottle by fairies, Care Bears and My Little Ponies. This is the 10th release of what’s now considered a “Super Classic”, by the Gandalf of NZ Wine Critics, Michael Cooper, and I’d back him on a One Wine To Rule Them All quest any day. 100% syrah harvested from the Gimblett Gravels and Roys Hill has created a wine scented with red rose, pink peppercorns, charred cedar soaked in caramel, dark berries and hedgerow fruits. The mouthfeel is silky, seductive and the gripping tannins add complexity to the density and weight of this powerfully built wine.
Sip with: venison carpaccio
Shining Stars at San Francisco Wine Competition November 2018
Trinity Hill Hawke's Bay Syrah, 2016
Trinity HIll Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay, 2016.
Gold at International Wine Challenge IWC November 2018
5 Star Homage 2016 strikes again! Sam Kim Wine Orbit.
A stunning beauty, it is powerful, graceful and alluring. The inviting bouquet shows perfumed notes of blackberry, raspberry, thyme, cedar, olive and violet, leading to a concentrated palate that is wonderfully weighted and seamlessly flowing. The wine displays outstanding fruit purity combined with stylish complexity, superbly framed by loads of fine polished tannins. Grapes were sourced from estate vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels district. At its best: 2022 to 2032. $140.00. www.trinityhill.com. Oct 2018.
HOMAGE BOB CAMPBELL AND HUON HOOKE
(Re taste) Tasted before release nearly six months ago, this big, intense syrah has not had a chance to evolve in that time, although it clearly shows great potential for bottle development. A dense, blockbuser of a wine that's jam-packed with ripe berry, dried fruits and subtle spice flavours. A firmly-structured red for the cellar 25 Jan 2019 cellar 2019–2026 97/100 5/5
Bob Campbell. The Real Review.
Deep red/purple colour, clean and fragrant to sniff, elegantly-framed and stylish. The wine is finely-structured and intense, tight and stylish, the balance is gorgeous. Beautiful flavours and lots of power, the tannins abundant and supple, long and compact. A fine array of spice aromas. Superb wine. 24 Jan 20192019–2039
Deep red/purple colour with a white pepper and mixed spice bouquet. It's intense and penetrating in the mouth, with great elegance and refinement, intensity and tremendous length. It's only medium-bodied but is an impressive wine in a spicy, elegant, cool-climate style. 22 Jan 2019
The Real Review
OTAGO DAILY TIMES, THE LOST GARDEN CHARDONNAY 2018
2018 Lost Garden by Trinity Hill
Begins with fresh grapes and fruit sherbet notes, moving to nuts, peach and spices with time. Fat, rich and luscious palate, touches of lanolin, peach, banana skin, spicy/savoury notes with a vanilla pod-like note on the close.
There’s a cuddly softness to this kept in check by a pithy, chewiness, building to an explosion of flavour: the warmth of the summer sun in a glass.
Winestate Awards _ Hot off the press
¨ Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2017 («««««) [5 stars]Already drinking well, this classy Hawke's Bay wine was hand-picked and fermented and aged for a year in French oak puncheons. Bright, light yellow/green, it is fragrant, rich and youthful, in a tight, elegant style with balanced acidity and vibrant, peachy, slightly toasty flavours, showing excellent complexity and concentration. $40 (UK, US)
¨ Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018 (««««½) [4½ stars]Very ageworthy, this supple, medium-bodied red has a floral, peppery bouquet. Estate-grown, hand-harvested and blended with a splash of viognier (2%), it was matured for eight months in a mix of French oak barriques and 5,000-litre ovals. Still purple-flushed, it is strongly varietal, with concentrated, plummy, peppery flavours, gently seasoned with oak, and gentle tannins. Best drinking 2021+. $40 (UK, US)
¨ Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett 2016 («««««) [5 stars]Well worth cellaring, this is a deeply coloured Hawke's Bay blend of cabernet sauvignon (43%), cabernet franc (41%), merlot (14%) and malbec (2%). Barrel-aged for 16 months, it is fresh and mouthfilling, with pure, youthful, blackcurrant-like flavours, hints of berries and spices, savoury notes adding complexity, and excellent concentration, delicacy, structure and length. Best 2022+. $40 (UK, US)
Chardonnay Du Monde Gold
* Gold Medal *
(only 54 golds issues out of 696 wines tasted).
Only gold from NZ.
26th International Competition of the Best Chardonnay Wines in the World
The 26th international competition of the World’s best Chardonnay wines, Chardonnay du Monde® has just come to an end. Competing against a large concentration of chardonnay wine and vast geographical diversity: 696 wine samples from 36 countries.
Chardonnay du Monde® occupies a special place amongst international competitions thanks to its worldwide scope and its rigorous method. Strict quality standards and optimal tasting conditions enabled the international judges to award 227 medals that are recognised as a reliable criterion for selection.
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Homage 2016 /Gimblett Gravels 2016 Fine Wines of NZ
Gimblett 2016 – Fine Wines of Air New Zealand 2018
Annual Vintage Selection 2017 - Andrew Caillard MW
ANDREW CAILLARD MW
HOMAGE SYRAH 2017 96 POINTS
THE GIMBLETT 2017 95 POINTS
HOMAGE AND GIMBLETT GRAVELS CHARDONNAY SCOOP GOLD -DECANTER GWWA
DECANTER GWWA 2019
GOLD 95 POINTS
Alluring, complex and intriguing with inviting violet, cedar, liquorice, pepper and blackberry aromatics. Lots of depth and complexity with excellent use of oak. Elegance and concentration combine to produce an impressive wine.
Decanter GWWA May 2019
DECANTER GWWA 2019
GIMBLETT GRAVELS CHARDONNAY 2017
GOLD 95 POINTS
Vibrant citrus and stone fruit with vanilla and lemon zest. A touch of toasty oak and spice on the palate but fresh acidity and a citrusy finish.
The Gimblett 2015
A primal quality, young intense fruit in the plum and blueberry spectrum with earth and forest floor. Tighter palate with powerful tannins giving structure. This blossoms in the glass with blackcurrant, blackberry, earth and leaf, brightness and lift, the fruit caressing the palate.Balance, depth and fantastic length in a wine with great potential too.
2018 Lost Garden by Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Rose
Rating: Very good
Pale onion-skin colour. Mixed flowers, stony/minerally notes, a balsamic touch. Redcurrant and cranberry lead the palate, shifting to appley notes with a creamy texture growing on the palate with aeration. There’s a sweet and sour quality to this, almost a salinity to it, that tanginess running through the wine. This one quietly creeps up on me.
2018 Trinity Hills Gimblett Gravels Montepulciano
Rating: Very good
Impressions of richness with blueberry and red fruits, bramble, perfume and licorice-like savoury notes. The palate mid to full- bodied with fine-grained tannins adding chewy richness. There’s an almost sweet and sour tanginess to the fruit, edging to raspberry as the tannins begin to melt into the wine.
A rare local example of this variety.
Dias Blue -USA Wine and Spirit Review.
Tasting Panel's Anthony Dias Blue -USA, tasted the The Gimblett 2016 and Syrah 2018 = 93 points,
and the new Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2017 92 points
Winestate Reviews 2019
2017 Homage Top Ranked - Bob Campbell
Intensely perfumed syrah with violet, floral, pepper, spice and dark plum and berry flavours, together with a seasoning of smoky oak. A youthful, elegant, firmly-structured red that's accessible now but shows impressive cellaring potential. Certainly a wine to watch 06 Jun 2019
NZD 140.00 Bottle (Store)
5 Stars Sam Kim. Wine Orbit on Lost Garden Rose 19
:Lost Garden Rose 2019
Elegantly fruited and delicately fragrant, the bouquet shows grapefruit, cranberry, lemon peel and apple characters, leading to a juicy palate that is focused and linear. It is exquisitely charming and splendidly attractive with a lingering mouth-watering finish. At its best: now to 2021. $30.00. www.trinityhill.com. Aug 2019.
Sam Kim Wine Orbit, August 2019
HOMAGE 2017 98 POINTS JAMES SUCKLING.COM
This is in such elegant, suave and regal form in 2017 with white pepper-dusted, fresh summer berries, graphite, deeper woody-spice notes of cardamom and cloves and swirling perfume. The palate has a super fresh, fleshy and detailed feel with a wealth of bright, juicy and crunchy fruit on offer with such fresh, juicy and succulent tannins, carrying bright, lively blackberries with precision and intent. Impressive. Best from 2025.
NEW SINGLE VINEYARD PRISON BLOCK -BOB CAMPBELL
A brand new label and the third Trinity Hill wine to crack through the NZD $100 barrier. Named after a correction facility that was planned to be built on the Gimblett Gravels vineyard site that produced this wine. Deep, dense and elegant red with cassis, blackcurrant, liquorice, cocoa powder and mocha flavours. A very impressive wine that's supported by fine, powdery tannins. I'd love to re-taste this wine after a decade in bottle. 29 Nov 2019
NZD 120.00 Bottle (Store)
5 Stars! L'Eritage Syrah 2018 + 125 Gimblett Chardonnay, Bob Campbell Reviews.
The first release of a new, premium syrah label that, in price at least, sits just behind their syrah flagship, Homage. Powerful yet supremely elegant syrah with floral, violet, plum, spice, black pepper, anise and nutty oak flavours. The wine is impressively dense with a structure of ripe tannins that suggest good cellaring potential. 27 Dec 2019
NZD 120.00 Bottle (Store)
The first release of a new, premium chardonnay label from a single vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels district of Hawke's Bay. Impressive, flavoursome wine with spicy oak and toasty, nutty yeast lees characters slightly dominating white peach and citrus characters. A complex, elegant and age-worthy wine 27 Dec 2019
NZD 80.00 Bottle (Store)
Brian Freedman Food and Wine Magazine.
“2016 Trinity Hill Homage Syrah Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay ($113)
A lifted note of floral peppercorns is immediately apparent, but then a wave of blueberry conserve sweeps in, lending it all a sense of gorgeous generosity. A profound Syrah.”
Leading Reviewer Dan Berger US gives Gimblett Gravel Syrah 2018 rave review
2018 Trinity Hill Syrah, Gimblett Gravels ($28): Black pepper, violets and a trace of wet earth mark the fascinating aroma, and the medium-plus entry and mid-palate are superb, allowing it to work with a wide array of foods, from red meat to meaty seafood (salmon, tuna). A great wine, and one that will be better in 3-6 more years. For those who are unfamiliar with this New Zealand wine district, nearest to Hawke’s Bay, it is one of the finest growing regions in the world, produces fabulous Cabernet Sauvignons, and most recently has been home to well over a dozen producers of great, peppery Syrahs. Dan Berger, California Craft Spirits & Central Coast Wine Competition.
Sam Kim gives Gimblett Gravels 5 star Reviews
Gimblett Gravels Marsanne Viognier 2018 5 stars 94/100
Elegant and beautifully fragrant, the bouquet shows apricot, rockmelon, jasmine and subtle spice aromas, leading to a succulent palate that's supple and fleshy. The wine offers excellent weight and roundness backed by bright acidity, finishing gorgeously long and expansive. At its best: now to 2023. $40.00. www.trinityhill.com. Dec 2019
Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2018 5 stars 95/100
A splendid rendition of the variety; the complex bouquet shows white flesh nectarine, fig, vanilla, hazelnut and subtle flinty notes, leading to a concentrated palate that is superbly weighted and expansive. The wine offers gorgeous textural mouthfeel, finishing persistent and refined. At its best: now to 2023. $40.00. www.trinityhill.com. Dec 2019.
Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo 2018 5 Stars 94/100
Delightfully fruited and immediately appealing, the wine shows black/blueberry, dark plum, violet, almond and olive characters. It is equally gorgeous on the palate with excellent weight and richness, wonderfully complemented by supple mouthfeel and silky tannins. Mouthfilling and delicious. At its best: now to 2024. $40.00. www.trinityhill.com. Dec 2019.
YVONNE LORKIN REVIEWS 125 CHARDONNAY AND L'ERITAGE SYRAH
100% Clone 95 chardonnay was harvested from their Tin Shed Vineyard at 125 Gimblett Road, then lovingly shepherded into the bottle by the Trinity Team to create the debut ‘125’. And I am all over it like a chardonnay-obsessed limpet. Aromatically it shows stylish roast peach, grilled grapefruit, nougat and toasty, caramelised oaky tones. Smooth, succulent and silky on the palate, it cuddles the hit of tightrope-tense acidity and citrus zest on the palate beautifully. It’s the real deal, so opulent and classic, it’s like a Lorde song in a bottle, Cristal, Maybach’s, diamonds on your timepiece, jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash. I love it. More please!
HOMAGE 2017 - WINE OF THE WEEK, MATTHEW JUKES
Wine of the week: a bafflingly sublime syrah from New Zealand
No other wine from this challenging vintage comes close to this syrah, says Matthew Jukes – it shines out like a beacon
Every year the good people of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association send me a mixed case of 12 bottles of their latest new releases. This is the tenth year in which they, along with Andrew Caillard MW, have undertaken this elite exercise and this time it was the 2017 wines under the microscope. Clearly this vintage was a very challenging one in this uniquely fascinating region. While most of the wines looked rather taut and tough, albeit with rather slender frames, one bottle shone like a beacon and I am happy to say that it might just be my favourite vintage ever of this famous label.
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The 2017 Homage is a sensational wine, garnering a mighty 19/20 score in my notes and it arrives in the UK this week. No other wine came close to this mark and yet who’d have thought this possible if you digest this wine’s vital statistics? This is a 96% syrah, 4% viognier skins, partial whole bunch, 100% new oak, 12.5% alcohol conundrum and it is bafflingly sublime. Winemakers Warren Gibson and Damian Fischer have turned what could have been a disaster into a work of sheer beauty. “Homage” pays tribute to the late Gérard Jaboulet, who passed away at only 55 years of age back in 1997. I am sure that the man behind the iconic Syrah Hermitage La Chapelle would be bowled over by this extraordinary Trinity Hill creation and would be honoured by the tribute.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (matthewjukes.com)
HOMAGE 2017 OTAGO DAILY TIMES, MARK HENDERSON
2017 Trinity Hill Homage
Rating: Excellent to outstanding
Powerfully perfumed, almost violetty, the fruit backed by savoury elements, along with subtle spice and pepper notes. Richly fruited yet dry, not a fruit bomb but lovely depth, showing a grainy, chewy, more structured palate for the longer haul. White pepper moves to black, savoury elements build, the fruit swells, the tannins become supple, and there’s a delightfully long close.
Cameron Douglas on Homage 2017
February 6, 2020 96 points
There’s no mistaking the intense and layered perfumes of this wine. From violets and dark berries to sweet vanilla oak to stony soils fragrances - there’s a lot to take in on the first breath. Dark berry aromas of black cherry to dark raspberry are set against aromas of black pepper and new licorice straps. Plentiful chalky textured tannins and pure almost piercing acid line. The concentration of fruit off-set by oak and texture lead to a lengthy and complex finish. While I would happily drink 3 glasses of this wine today, it is best left till 2021 to start enjoying. best drinking from 2021 through 2028.
Michael Cooper, Upstart press Tasting February 2020
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah
DRY $40.00 AV
Reviewed 2020 Edition
The 2018 vintage (4.5*) is a very age-worthy, supple, medium-bodied red with a floral, peppery bouquet. Estate-grown, hand-harvested and blended with a splash of Viognier (2 per cent), it was matured for eight months in a mix of French oak barriques and 5000-litre oak ovals. Still purple-flushed, it is strongly varietal, with concentrated, plummy, peppery flavours, gently seasoned with oak, a hint of liquorice and gentle tannins. Best drinking 2021+.
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett
DRY $40.00 AV
Reviewed 2020 Edition
The deeply coloured 2017 vintage (5*) is a Hawke's Bay blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (64 per cent), Merlot (25 per cent), Cabernet Franc (4 per cent), Malbec (4 per cent) and Petit Verdot (3 per cent). Matured for 16 months in French oak casks (almost all new), it is fragrant and mouthfilling, with concentrated, youthful blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, finely structured, savoury and complex. Likely to be long-lived, it should be at its best 2022+. (To be released in 2020.)
Sam Kim Wine Orbit on Prison Block 2018
Magnificently fruited and gloriously expressed, the wine shows cassis, blueberry, violet, thyme and cedar characters on the nose, leading to a superbly concentrated palate that exhibits exceptional depth and richness, while remaining gracefully flowing and seamless. It’s wonderfully complemented by elegant oak infusion and spicy complexity backed by fine chalky tannins, finishing impressively long and engaging. At its best: 2022 to 2033. $120.00. www.trinityhill.co.nz. Jan 2020.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit on new Single Vineyard Series
125 Gimblett Chardonnay 2018
97 points, 5 stars
A stunning chardonnay; this is opulent yet elegant, powerful yet sophisticated. The gloriously expressed bouquet shows ripe nectarine, fig, lemon pith, vanilla and cedar characters with a hint of brioche. It's impressively weighted and expansive on the palate, delivering terrific fruit purity together with seductive oak infusion, leading to a magnificently long creamy finish. At its best: 2021 to 2028. $80.00. www.trinityhill.com. March 2020.
L'Eritage Syrah 2018
From the Gimblett Gravels, this spectacular syrah shows Black Doris plum, blackberry, violet, cedar and anise notes on the nose with a light seasoning of pepper spice. The palate exhibits outstanding concentration and power, while remaining properly structured and harmonious, leading to a splendidly long silky finish. The wine offers terrific fruit purity with stylish oak and spicy nuances, making it immensely complex and engaging. At its best: 2024 to 2034. $120.00. www.trinityhill.com. March 2020.
Winestate Magazine May/June Addition
Trinity Hill L’Eritage Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018
This highly seductive young red was grown at three sites in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, and matured in an even split of new French oak barriques and a large French oak oval. Dark and purple-flushed, it is beautifully fragrant, mouthfilling, rich and supple, with highly concentrated, ripe plum and black pepper flavours, a hint of liquorice, and impressive harmony and length. Best drinking 2025+. $120
Gold SWA Awards,
New World: Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre & Rhône-style Blends, Rest of the New World
Trinity Hill, Gimblett Gravels, Syrah 2018, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
'An elegant crowd-pleaser, with notes of roses and cherries, some ripe tannins and high acidity.' Lucie Hammerschmiedova, Portland Restaurant. 'A savoury wine with black fruit and some black pepper spice, along with lots of meaty, gamey notes too. Its elegant structure makes for a good food-matching wine - this would be lovely with roast lamb.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader.
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Three New Reviews - Otago Daily Times, Mark Henderson
2018 Trinity Hill
Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels
Rating: Excellent to outstanding
Expressively fragrant nose of sweet cedar, warm baguette, spice and ripe peach. Lovely texture and while there’s clear power here, it retains a wonderful lightness, brightness and energy. An appealing chewiness builds with time, the whole offering complexity and depth as it flows to a long finish.
2017 Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo
Milk chocolate, hard caramel, tilled earth, black pepper, plum and dark berries with a whiff of seashell. Lots going on here with complexity and interest. A lovely richness with dark berries, spice, chocolate and a charry, brambly nuance with juiciness and brightness.
Already drinking nicely yet medium-term potential too.
2018 Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah
Rating: Very good to excellent
Red and dark berries, spices, smoke, sweet perfume. Subtle yet elegant with a stony mineral core running through it to the appealingly dry finish. There is not massive complexity here, but it is very true to its variety, has nice balance and drinks superbly straight out of the blocks.
Would be great in a restaurant setting.