Accolades

2015 Homage Syrah - Number One!

15 Nov 2017

"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!

01 Nov 2017

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

03 Oct 2017

Our Chief Winemaker Warren Gibson recently caught up with M2 Magazine to talk about the how to's of wine tasting.

Check out the video here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8p96qgtx1s

2015 Homage Syrah Greatly Received!

02 Oct 2017

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.

02 Aug 2018

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

21 Feb 2018

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”

Editors’ Choice

Texsom International Wine Awards

03 Feb 2018

Gimblett 2014 Wines Scoop Accolades in Texas!

Gimblett Gravels 2014 Syrah - Silver




Gimblett Gravels 2014 The Gimblett - Bronze

International Wine Challenge. UK Awards

05 Jan 2018

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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)

04 Jan 2018

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)

27/07/18, 12:02 PM

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

06 Jan 2018

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!

06 Jan 2018

2016 Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah

Price: $40
Rating: Outstanding

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

Price: $23
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

06 Jan 2018

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

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Cuisine Magazine! Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2016 + Gimblett Gravels The GImblett

06 Jan 2018

NZ SYRAH

5 Star. Top 5 - No 2

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2016 RRP $39.99

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NZ BORDEAUX

4 Star.

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett 2015 RRP$39.99

Wine Spectator Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2015 93 points!

06 Jan 2018

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

06 Jan 2018

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

06 Jan 2018

NV Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Touriga

Price: $70
Rating: Excellent

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

05 Jan 2018

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

04 Jul 2018

Decanter review of Alternative Whites from New Zealand

Outstanding Award - 95 Points

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Marsanne Viognier - Financial Times UK

13 Jul 2018

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

01 Jan 2018

The most exciting wines of 2017

TRINITY HILL GIMBLETT GRAVELS SYRAH 2014

Decanter experts around the world named the five bottles under £55Trinity-GG-Syrah-GGF-Sml-NO-Vin.png

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

06 Aug 2018

¨ Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2016 [5 stars]A model of refinement, this classy young wine was fermented and matured in French oak puncheons (35% new). It has a fragrant, slightly smoky bouquet, leading into a vibrant wine with grapefruit-like flavours to the fore, a subtle seasoning of oak, and lovely delicacy, poise and length. $40

¨ Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Syrah 2016 ( [4½ stars]Well worth cellaring, this elegant red has deep, purple-flushed colour and an inviting, floral bouquet. Full-bodied, it has ripe plum and black pepper flavours, showing excellent vibrancy and depth, finely integrated oak and a good foundation of tannin. Best drinking 2020+. $40

Unreleased Homage 2016 The Real Review - Bob Campbell

06 Aug 2018

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2016

Ranked#2 of 24
2016 Shiraz from Hawke's Bay

Top Value NZ97/100 5/5

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

2018–2026

Bob Campbell, The Real Review August 6 2018.

The Gimblett 2014 -The Tasting Panel US

22 Aug 2018

August 2018

Outstanding: Anthony Dias Blue

The Gimblett 2014. Wine Reviews Online.com USA

28 Aug 2018

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

22 Aug 2018
  • 91/100

    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

04 Oct 2018

NZ INTERNATIONAL WINE SHOW - 2018

JAMES SUCKLING.COM 94 POINTS! THE GIMBLETT 2016

17 Oct 2018

Trinity-The-Gimblett-No-Vin-SML.pngThis 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

17 Oct 2018

HAWKE'S BAY A&P BAYLEYS WINE AWARDS

Award Category

No9 - Champion Red Blends Cabernet Sauvignon Dominant

TRINITY HILL GIMBLETT GRAVELS THE GIMBLETT 2016

TROPHY

20/20! HOMAGE 2016 RAYMOND CHAN REVIEW

31 Oct 2018

Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

20/20

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

23 Nov 2018

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

20 Nov 2018

SILVER MEDALS,

Trinity Hill Hawke's Bay Syrah, 2016

Trinity HIll Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay, 2016.

Gold at International Wine Challenge IWC November 2018

29 Nov 2018

Gold IWC

November 2018

5 Star Homage 2016 strikes again! Sam Kim Wine Orbit.

15 Jan 2019

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

05 Jan 2019

(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

95/100

5/5

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

Huon Hooke

The Real Review

OTAGO DAILY TIMES, THE LOST GARDEN CHARDONNAY 2018

20 Mar 2019

2018 Lost Garden by Trinity Hill

Price: $29
Rating: Excellent

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.

www.trinityhill.com

Winestate Awards _ Hot off the press

01 May 2019

¨ 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

05 Feb 1970

* 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.

2019 Awards:

300 International expert judges

36 countries, 696 wines

227 medals: 54 Gold, 173 Silver

All the results are available on
www.chardonnay-du-monde.com

More than 700 international expert judges have been trained to evaluate the wines in competition after a specific training.

Homage 2016 /Gimblett Gravels 2016 Fine Wines of NZ

28 Feb 1970

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Annual Vintage Selection 2017 - Andrew Caillard MW

28 Feb 1970

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HOMAGE SYRAH 2017 96 POINTS

THE GIMBLETT 2017 95 POINTS



HOMAGE AND GIMBLETT GRAVELS CHARDONNAY SCOOP GOLD -DECANTER GWWA

24 May 2019

DECANTER GWWA 2019

HOMAGE 2016

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.

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29 Oct 2020

The Gimblett 2015

Price: $39
Rating: Outstanding

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
Price:
$29
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.

Refreshing.

www.trinityhill.com

2018 Trinity Hills Gimblett Gravels Montepulciano
Price:
$39
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.

23 Jul 2019

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

01 Aug 2019

¨ Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2017 («««««) [5 stars]Already delicious, this fragrant, rich, complex wine was fermented and matured for a year in French oak puncheons (30% new). Still youthful, it is full-bodied, with strong, peachy, biscuity, slightly toasty and creamy flavours, balanced acidity and a long, harmonious finish. $40 (UK)

¨ Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Syrah 2018 (««««½) [4½ stars]This elegant, vividly varietal red was matured for eight months in a mix of barriques and 5,000-litre oak ovals. Full-coloured, with a floral, peppery bouquet, it is medium to full-bodied, with strong, youthful, plum and black pepper flavours, a hint of liquorice, gentle tannins, and excellent depth and harmony. $40 (UK)

¨ Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Tempranillo 2017 («««««) [5 stars]This classy young red was matured for 16 months in American oak barriques (partly new). Full-coloured, with a fragrant, berryish, spicy bouquet, it is mouthfilling, with excellent density of vibrant blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, earthy, savoury notes adding complexity, good tannin backbone, and a long, spicy finish. Best 2021+. $40

¨ Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2017 («««««) [5 stars]Still a baby, this Gimblett Gravels red was matured for 15 months in French oak ovals and barriques. It has deep, purple-flushed colour and a highly scented, peppery bouquet. Mouthfilling, vibrantly fruity and supple, with deep plum and black pepper flavours, seasoned with nutty oak, it builds across the palate to a very long, harmonious, spicy finish. Best drinking 2022+. $145 (UK)

¨ Trinity Hill The Gimblett 2016 («««««) [5 stars]This very ageworthy, blended red is dominated by cabernet sauvignon (43%) and cabernet franc (41%), with splashes of merlot and malbec. Matured for 16 months in French oak barriques (35% new), it is deeply coloured, full-bodied, fresh and vigorous, with concentrated, youthful blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, good tannin backbone and a long finish. Best drinking 2022+. $40 (UK)

2017 Homage Top Ranked - Bob Campbell

19 Aug 2019

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah2017

Ranked#1 of 20
2017 Shiraz from Hawke's Bay

5 STARS

96 points

New Zealand, Hawke's Bay

96/100 5/5

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

2019–2027

NZD 140.00 Bottle (Store)

5 Stars Sam Kim. Wine Orbit on Lost Garden Rose 19

05 Sep 2019

: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

10 Oct 2019

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

11 Dec 2019

97/100

Bob Campbell MW

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

2019–2029

NZD 120.00 Bottle (Store)

5 Stars! L'Eritage Syrah 2018 + 125 Gimblett Chardonnay, Bob Campbell Reviews.

13 Jan 2020

Trinity Hill L'Eritage Syrah 2018

5/5 Stars

96/100

Bob Campbell

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

2019–2029

NZD 120.00 Bottle (Store)

Trinity Hill 125 Gimblett Chardonnay 2018

5/5 Stars

95/100

Bob Campbell

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

2019–2025

NZD 80.00 Bottle (Store)

Brian Freedman Food and Wine Magazine.

15 Jan 2020

https://www.foodandwine.com/wine/wine-new-zealand-bottles

“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

20 Jan 2020

https://www.vintageexperiences.com/2020/01/15/tasting-notes-50/

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

24 Jan 2020

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

30 Jan 2020

Trinity Hill 125 Gimblett Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2018 $80

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!

Trinity Hill L’Eritage Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018 $120

Sourced from three different sites on Trinity Hill’s property, this smooth and saucy new addition to their syrah portfolio, is crafted from three different clones, ‘Baileys’ and ‘Mass Selection’ were clones thought to originate from cuttings bought to the antipodes from France by James Busby in the mid-1830’s. Clone ‘174’ was gifted to Trinity Hill by the late Gerard Jaboulet in the late 1990s. A teensy splash of clone 642 viognier (0.5%) was injected via viognier skins addition to the ferment. ‘Eritage’ is an old French noun for ‘heritage’ and it seemed fitting to the winemaking team to name this wine after the history of those clones. It is completely different to much of the syrah you see at this price point in New Zealand, softer, more elegant, leather licked instead of being all guns blazing. Silky, powdery tannins surround a blueberry core aided by a lithe, 13% alcohol, lifted florals, and acidity that’ll take it through to 2035 comfortably in the cellar.

HOMAGE 2017 - WINE OF THE WEEK, MATTHEW JUKES

12 Feb 2020

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

2017 Trinity Hill, Homage Gimblett Gravels Syrah, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand About £99, oldbridgewine.co.uk, stswithinswineshippers.com

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

12 Feb 2020

2017 Trinity Hill Homage

Price: $145
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.

Potential.

www.trinityhill.com

Cameron Douglas on Homage 2017

06 Feb 2020

February 6, 2020 96 points

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2017, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay

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

20 Feb 2020

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah

DRY $40.00 AV

Reviewed 2020 Edition

ADD TO MY WINES

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

ADD TO MY WINES

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

20 Feb 2020

97 points

5 stars

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

04 Apr 2020

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

97 Points

5 stars

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

05 May 2020


5 Stars

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,

20 May 2020

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

Gold medal winner

'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

05 May 2020

2018 Trinity Hill
125 Gimblett
Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels
Chardonnay

Price: $80
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

Price: $39.99
Rating: Excellent

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
Price:
$22.99
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.

2018 HOMAGE, CAMERON DOUGLAS MS REVIEW 97 POINTS!

10 Jun 2020

Day 1: Fabulous bouquet. Youthful yet entirely engaging. Pure yet complex. Primary aromas of forest berries and baked mushroom, raspberry and black currant, fruit spices and pepper then toasty wood, near new oak aromas are trumped by the core of fruit and concentration. As the wine opens up in glass it organically becomes more complex, but remains youthful and engaging. On the palate - complex and as equally primary as the nose suggests, dark fruits, raspberry and black currant, sweet meats and field mushroom, bracken and dark spices. An abundance of tannin and acidity - firm, chalky, ripe and resolved. Long finish, complex and young. No need to open till 2022 at the earliest, decant for service, will last in your cellar till 2030 - at least.

So pleased to finally see this wine under screw top closure

Day 2: Still very youthful with all the hallmarks displayed from yesterday, but starting to show some greater integrity and promise of time in cellar. Still 97 points.

Day 3: Slightly more peppery today with the oak signature bold. The fruit emerges and takes center stage after around 2 minutes in glass. Complexity, elegance, energy, charm and length all in tact. Still 97 Points.

97 Points Homage 2018

29 Oct 2020

Homage – the best yet from Trinity Hill

19/20

Joelle Thomson Wine Reviews.

June 8, 2020/ Joelle Thomson/ 0 Comments

The release of Homage is a big deal in New Zealand each year, this time round even more so. It’s the first time Homage has been sealed with a screwcap and I personally feel the wine tastes significantly fresher for it, even at this early stage in its life.

For those who don’t know, Homage is Trinity Hill’s top red and is 100% Syrah, made from grapes grown on the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay. It was inspired when its founder, winemaker John Hancock, visited Gerard Jaboulet in Tain l’Hermitage in the northern Rhone Valley, France and met Gerard Jaboulet and his father Louis, who produced the great wine, Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle – one of the great reds of the first half of the 20th Century. It’s still one of the northern Rhone’s great reds but is not always considered the absolute pinnacle these days, despite its illustrious history and its evocative name – after a small stone chapel supposedly built as a retreat for a 13th century knight who loved the hill of Hermitage above the Rhône.

Back in New Zealand, Hancock was so inspired that he returned to the Rhone to work the 1996 harvest at Jaboulet, an experience which cemented his own passion for northern Rhone Syrah styles. This was further cemented when Gerard Jaboulet sent him three clones of Syrah and one of Viognier as a gift from the Hermitage appellation. Gerard passed away in 1997 at the age of 55 but Hancock had those vine cuttings quarantined and propagated so that he was able to plant them in 2002, alongside Trinity Hill Winery’s first Syrah vines, which were planted in 1995 with cuttings from the neighbouring Stonecroft vineyard.

Long story short, the first small production Syrah was produced at Trinity Hill in 1997 and the first vintage of Homage in 2002. Its style has evolved gently over the years and production of Syrah at Trinity has also since grown so that the winery produces three different Syrahs, of which Homage is king.

The new Homage

19/20

2018 Trinity Hill Homage $150

The winemakers today are Warren Gibson and Damien Fischer, who say the average vine age is 13.5 years with the oldest vines being 23 years of age. All grapes are hand harvested and 20% are whole bunch fermented with indigenous yeasts. One batch was fermented with 100% whole bunches and Viognier skins. There was no cold soak and total time on skins was 28 days on average with maceration time varying from 16 to 35 days. The clones in the wine include 55% Mass Selection, 18% Baileys, 16% Clone 174, 6% Clone 470 and 5% includes 0.4% of Syrah Clone 642 and 4.6% Viognier.The latest Homage from the 2018 vintage is deep purple in colour with a youthful rim and savoury aromas of cloves and cedar, firm but smooth tannins supporting the full body and adding great structure to this juicy, ripe and flavoursome wine which tastes of dark rich fruit; dark plums, black peach and ripe blackberries all add a sense of delicious, deep dark juicy flavours right now and also suggest a long life ahead.

Is this the best Homage yet from Trinity Hill?

I think so, hands down. Love its ripe style and clean fresh vivacious personality which says: drink me now but if you can hold out, cellar me for a decade or more.

www.trinityhill.com

Mark Henderson - Otago Daily Times

20 Jun 2020

2018 Trinity Hill

L’Eritage Gimblett Gravels

Syrah


Rating: Excellent to outstanding

Fragrant, lavender, spices, red fruits, charry herbs. Very powerful structure frames the palate, with dusty stones, iron filings, red fruits, black pepper and spices. A depth and intensity more reminiscent of the Northern Rhone with serious complexity and interest. Amazing depth here and clearly built for the long haul. Fabulous.

L'Eritage Wine label wins big in this year’s Pride in Print awards

29 Jun 2020

Wine label wins big in this year’s Pride in Print awards

by Charlotte Cowan June 26, 2020

The Trinity Hill L’Eritage Gimblet Gravels wine label has won Best in Category for Labels at this year’s Pride In Print awards.

Pride In Print organisers received 162 submissions for the awards, nearly double the number from last year.

Labels covered everything from wine to food and luxury goods packaging.

Judge Gary Gibbon said all the judges thought Trinity Hill’s entry was a spectacular label and awarding it best in the category was a unanimous decision.

The label features sculptured emboss and silver foil embellishment, printed and entered by Multi-Color New Zealand.

“We had a lot of labels to judge but this one stood out,” he says. “It looks simple but it’s very high quality.”

Gibbon said its special feature was the embossing of the foil and print which was done in two processes, with the latter being difficult to do on a reel to reel press.

“We estimated the degree of difficulty to be a nine out of 10 to get the foil into register and there were absolutely no blemishes in the print.”

Bob Campbell scores Homage 2018 97 points!

06 Jul 2020

Bob Campbell

The Real Review

97/100 5 stars, Gold Ribbon of Excellence
Dense yet elegant syrah with floral, violet, dark berry, black pepper, anise and spicy oak. A wine that delivers its power with great subtlety. Surprisingly accessible but with obvious cellaring potential. This is a very serious red indeed. 23 Jun 2020

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Sam Kim - Wine Orbit scores Homage 2018 98 points!

07 Jul 2020

98/100

5 stars

Sam Kim Wine Reviews

Wine orbit

Richly opulent yet impeccably structured and seamlessly harmonious, the wine exhibits stunning fruit purity together with seductive spicy complexity. The instantly appealing bouquet shows sweet plum, blackberry, cedar, olive and floral aromas with a hint of cracked pepper. It’s immensely concentrated on the palate, displaying exceptional depth and richness, while remaining graceful and poised. Built to last but enticing and irresistible already. At its best: 2026 to 2038. $150.00. www.trinityhill.com. June 2020

Wines Selected for Annual Vintage Selection

07 Jul 2020

Homage 2018 98 points Annual Vintage Selection

Andrew Calliard MW

Medium deep crimson. Beautiful pure raspberry strawberry red cherry aromas with espresso/ sage/ white pepper notes. Inky textured wine with dense concentrated raspberry pastille, strawberry fruits, fine silky tannins and roasted chestnut espresso oak. Finishes chalky al dente firm with lovely mineral length and feathery tannin plume. 13% 98 points July 2020

The Gimblett 2018

95 points Annual Vintage Selection

Medium deep crimson. Intense blackcurrant mulberry ginger wild fennel aromas. Generous inky wine with deep set blackcurrant mulberry fruits, fine chalky dense tannins, plentiful mocha, vanilla nutmeg oak, lovely mid-palate richness and fresh long integrated acidity. Finishes chalky/ grippy firm and a touch oaky right now but all the elements are in balance for the long term. 13.5% 95 points

19.5/20 HOMAGE REVIEW, CANDICE CHOW FOR RAYMOND CHAN

20 Aug 2020

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2018, Hawke's Bay

19.5/20 CANDICE CHOW FOR RAYMOND CHAN, WINE REVIEWS.

Deep, dark ruby-black with high density, lighter on edge with a purple shade. The bouquet is complex and poise, packed with concentration and intensity, aromas of deep florals, controlled fruit nuances of plums and boysenberries, melded with medicinal herbs, spearmint, leather, unfolding coffee, mocha integrated oak element. Full-bodied, a rich and concentrated core of plums and boysenberries, gently entwined with medicinal herbs, coffee, leather; unveiling cedar, herbaceous freshness and black pepper linger to a long sustained finish. The flavours are dense with great intensity but not cloying. Fine-grained velvety tannin extraction has seamlessly integrated into the wine, leaves a lusciously pleasurable texture on the palate. Acidity is lacy and lifting, remarkably balanced, provides freshness and flow to linearity. This is a complexing, integrated Syrah living up to its fame and expectation. Serve decanted with lamb and beef over the next 10-15 years. Handpicked from selected parcels and fermented separately. 99.6% Syrah, 0.4% Viognier fermented to 13% alc. One parcel was fermented with 100% whole bunch and viognier skins, all other destemmed. Aged in French oak barriques for 12-15 months, 32% new. Once parcel aged for 8 months in 5,400-litre French oak oval followed by another 6 months in barriques. First time bottled under screwcap. 19.5/20 pts

97/100 Gourmet Traveler for HOmage!

10 Oct 2020

97/100 – Gourmet Traveler, November edition Oct 2018

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah, Hawke's Bay,

Homage has earned iconic status for providing consistent top quality over many years. Powerful, stylish wine with floral/violet, dark berry, black pepper, anise and spicy oak. A safe bet for the cellar but it’s also surprisingly accessible now. October 2020

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