2015 Limited Library Release. The 2015 Homage opens as a beautifully aromatic wine with interwoven berry purity and oak sophistication. A floral, scented nose initially dominates with brambly, blackberry and licorice aromatics sitting in the background.
99/100 - Sam Kim Wine Orbit
19.5/20 - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
98/100 - Bob Campbell MW Wine Reviews
19/20 - Joelle Thomson
Picked: 8th March to 22nd April
Alcohol 13.1 %
Titratable acidity 6.4 g/l
Residual sugar 0.46 g/l
2015 was a warm season in Hawkes Bay with a typically dry late summer and early autumn. Special canopy management of the vines along with impeccable viticulture during the growing season ensured that the fruit quality was of the highest order. Pruning and shoot/bunch thinning at appropriate times gave a crop level of around 5 tonnes per hectare (approximately 35 Hectolitres per hectare).
Syrah grapes were hand-harvested from a range of individual sites and fermented separately. A range of maceration periods allowed for increased complexity. 25 % of whole bunches were included in the fermentations which contribute to freshness, aromatics and structure. One batch was 100% fermented as whole bunches including the use of traditional foot-stomping to initially break open a portion of the berries. The cap was hand-plunged and/or pumped over twice daily for optimum colour and tannin extraction. The average time on skins was 25 days with one component up to 50 days. This post-fermentation maceration helps with the complexity of tannins, softening and stabilising the wine.
The wine was subsequently aged in predominantly new French oak barriques for 15 months with malo-lactic fermentation beginning in tank and finishing in barrel. A portion of the wine was aged in large format 5000 litre oak ovals. The wine in barrel was not racked during this time. Some barrel stirring was carried out when appropriate..
The 2015 Homage opens as a beautifully aromatic wine with interwoven berry purity and oak sophistication. A floral, scented nose initially dominates with brambly, blackberry and licorice aromatics sitting in the background. The extra dimension of florality and seamlessness comes from increased vine age and the presence of whole-bunch fermentation. 2015 has produced a wine that is very powerful and fragrant. The wine shows great concentration and weight with a very crucial elegance. The structure is tight and tense which will allow the wine to age gracefully for many years (10+). Enjoy this wine with lamb or game.
TRINITY HILL 2015 Homage Syrah.pdf Printable Tasting Notes
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