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!
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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Introducing the Fine Wines of New Zealand Programme.
1 May 2018
Fine Wines of New Zealand named for 2018
After an extensive tasting process, 67 wines have been named in the Fines Wines of New Zealand for 2018 – an annual list of the country’s most prestigious wines.
Pinot Noirs have stood out this year with 18 making the cut from the North Canterbury, Central Otago, Marlborough, Martinborough and Nelson regions. Sauvignon Blancs followed with all 11 this year from Marlborough while there were 10 wines selected each in the Chardonnay and Aromatics categories. Bordeaux Blends, Sparkling, Sweet wines and Syrah also featured.
The programme is led by seven of New Zealand’s leading wine experts including Masters of Wine Alastair Maling, Michael Brajkovich, Sam Harrop, Simon Nash and Steve Smith along with Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas who compile the list based on stringent criteria including provenance and excellence in winemaking over several releases.
Fellow Master of Wine Emma Jenkins has also joined the programme this year and has provided expertise on the Sauvignon Blanc varietal in particular.
Master of Wine and Fine Wines of New Zealand Chair Alastair Maling says it’s been exciting to see the programme evolve since its inception in 2016.
“This year we took the conscious step of allowing wineries to submit their wines that they felt met the Fine Wines of New Zealand criteria and have them assessed alongside last year’s wines and others put forward by our panel. We had a fantastic response and I’m confident that the process that we went through the 2018 list celebrates the best of the very best,” says Mr Maling.
Air New Zealand has been a patron of the Fine Wines of New Zealand since it began and provides marketing support for both the programme and the wineries themselves. The airline showcases many of the wines on board its aircraft and at events both offshore and in New Zealand, including the recent dinner with President Obama in Auckland. The airline also works with the wineries to help drive export opportunities should they want this support.
For more information on the Fine Wines of New Zealand, visit the website here.
The Fine Wines of New Zealand for 2018 are:
For more information, please contact:
Master of Wine and Chair of the Fine Wines of New Zealand
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TRINITY HILL NEW PARTNERSHIP
BENICIA, Calif., June 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Trinity Hill and Mt. Beautiful wineries are two of New Zealand's most highly regarded wineries and beginning June 2019, Mt. Beautiful will have sole importing rights for the Trinity Hill wines in the United States.
Trinity Hill produces a range of wines from the renowned Gimblett Gravels region of Hawke's Bay in New Zealand's North Island. The Mt. Beautiful sales team will focus on the Chardonnay, Syrah and red blend, "The Gimblett," all with an SRP of $35. They will also have limited volumes of the critically acclaimed Homage Syrah, with an SRP of $120.
"Trinity Hill is pleased to be represented by Mt Beautiful USA and to be able to work with experienced and respected professionals like Robert Watkins (CEO of Mt. Beautiful) and his team. It feels great to have a solid new effort in the US," said Philip Kingston CEO of Trinity Hill.
Karl Ziegler, Mt. Beautiful's National Sales Manager for the United States, remarked, "We are excited to be able to showcase wines of this quality in the US. Having worked with Warren and his team in the past, I know that their dedication to produce world class wines from Hawke's Bay is unmatched."
Trinity Hill wines consistently score in the 90s in major wine publications such as Wine Spectator, Decanter, The Wine Advocate, JamesSuckling.com and Wine Enthusiast among others. Chief Winemaker Warren Gibson has been with Trinity Hill since 1997. He began his winemaking career in New Zealand in 1987 and subsequently traveled the world as a Flying Winemaker, making wine in Australia, Italy, Hungary, France and California. He was awarded 'New Zealand Winemaker of the Year' from Australia's Winestate Magazine and Winemaker of the Year at the Mercedes Benz Hawkes Bay Wine Show.
Mt. Beautiful USA have been importing and selling their Estate wines from North Canterbury, NZ since 2008. They are known for their lush Pinot Noir and elegant Sauvignon Blanc, crafted by longtime winemaker Sam Weaver. Their US office is located in Benicia, CA.
For sales information please contact Karl Ziegler email@example.com
NEW, AWARD WINNING PRISON BLOCK SINGLE VINEYARD CABERNET!
Rare, special, award-winning Trinity Hill wine now available to purchase.
So new, it hadn’t even been labelled when it claimed a top trophy at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards last month, Trinity Hill’s Single Vineyard Prison Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is now available to purchase for a limited time.
Only 60 dozen bottles of this extraordinary wine will be offered – the majority through the Trinity Hill cellar door, with a handful available via selected retailers and premium restaurants.
The wine, grown on a small parcel of Gimblett Gravels land once earmarked by the government as the site of a new regional correctional facility, is “genuinely rare and special,” according to Trinity Hill Marketing Director Michael Herrick.
“It’s a celebration of both the region, and the soil – an outstanding example of time and place,” Michael says. “We think it’s one of the most incredible Cabernet wines we’ve produced to date – distinctive and rich, with notes of blackcurrant, cedar and cigar box. It’s very rare to find an example of single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in Hawke’s Bay. This represents an exciting new journey for Trinity Hill to champion Hawke’s Bay and celebrate how exceptional these special sites can be.”
Michael says the site, nestled against the banks of the Ngaruroro River, is the ideal environment for Cabernet Sauvignon. “It is one of the stoniest parts of the gravels, just on the other side of the hill from the winery. You can still see the area that was marked out for the prison. We’ll be forever thankful that those in office in the 1980s figured out the soil was actually very special, and better suited to vines over villains.”
Chief Winemaker Warren Gibson and Senior Winemaker Damian Fischer have carefully handcrafted the Prison Block Cabernet Sauvignon – which nabbed the prize for Hawke’s Bay Champion Single Vineyard at the regional wine awards on October 16th – along with two other single vineyard wines also available now.
The Single Vineyard L’Eritage Syrah 2018 is named for the heritage Syrah clones gifted to Trinity Hill’s founders by celebrated French winemaker, the late Gerard Jaboulet. The Single Vineyard 125 Gimblett Chardonnay 2018 references the address where the parcel of Chardonnay grapes grow – a lower area of land with heavier silt, ideal for Chardonnay.
Each of the three wines will benefit from cellaring, Michael says – the Single Vineyard Prison Block Cabernet Sauvignon for up to 15 years.
More information on each wine can be found on the Trinity Hill website: www.trinityhill.co.nz and wines can be purchased online.
Trinity Hill Single Vineyard Prison Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, RRP $120
Trinity Hill Single Vineyard L’Eritage Syrah 2018 RRP, $120
Trinity Hill Single Vineyard 125 Gimblett Chardonnay 2018, RRP $80