Gimblett Gravels, Bridge Pa
The blackberry, spice and liqorice nuances combine to produce a fruit dominant but complex wine. A small inclusion of the white variety Viognier gives the wine beautiful perfume and allows the wine more accessibility while young. This wine is of the lighter style and can happily be enjoyed by the glass or alternatively with a wide range of food, particularly red meat dishes, game or pasta.
Trinity Hill | Hawke's Bay | Syrah | 2017
In terms of Hawke's Bay's wine aristocracy, Trinity Hill are right up there. If they could they'd give their wines triple-barrelled names and send them off to finishing school in Switzerland. This shiny new vintage turned out by Warren Gibson (also chief judge of the NZ Wine Awards) and Damian Fischer is so elegant and understated, yet has power on the back palate. White pepper, cherry, violets, soft, dusty, sexy tannins, dangerously easy to sip and succulent to boot. Pure syrah here folks.
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Yvonne Lorkin – September 2018
Picked: 29th March to 11 April
Alcohol 12.5 %
Titratable acidity 5.2 g/l
Residual sugar 2.5 g/l
Each individual vineyard parcel was harvested separately with the majority of batches then de-stemmed prior to fermentation. Approximately 10 % of the parcels were fermented as whole bunches. Subsequently, gentle daily pumping over of the skins during fermentation helped extract a soft, complex structure. The skin maceration was extended for up to 3 weeks following fermentation which helped further integrate and soften the tannins. A small addition of Viognier (5%) was included to a portion of the fermentations which helps add floral notes and textural qualities to the palate.
Following 7 months aging in a combination of small French oak and stainless steel tanks, the individual blocks were blended to create the ideal marriage of components.
The blackberry, spice and red liquorice nuances combine to produce a fruit dominant but complex wine. The wine is deliberately released at a very youthful age to maximize the beautiful perfume and fruit freshness.
This wine can happily be enjoyed by the glass or alternatively with a wide range of food, particularly red meat dishes, game or pasta.
Drink 2017 to 2020