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Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2017

Predominantly Syrah with a small addition of Viognier (typically 2% to 3%) from vineyards within the unique Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawkes Bay.

Hand-harvested fruit was fermented separately before blending post-fermentation. A range of maceration periods allowed for increased complexity. Typically around 20-25% of whole bunches included in the fermentations. The wine was aged for 14 months in a mixture of new and older French oak litre barriques, plus larger 5000 litre oak ovals. This barrel ageing regime includes barrel stirring of the lees and very minimal racking.

Winemaker's Comments

Wild raspberry, blueberry, cracked pepper and hints of vanilla bean on the nose. Powerful and balanced ripe tannins gives great structure. Oak plays a supporting role, with the wine living on a pure fruit expression. This purity, combined with refreshing natural acidity, means there is excellent potential for ageing, and development of mineral, gamey characters will result from careful cellaring.

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    • Cuisine Magazine
    • A&P Hawkes Bay Wine Awards
    • Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
    GOLD MEDAL - Hawkes Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards 2018
    5 STARS - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Nov 2017
    4.5 STARS (Excellent) - Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
    OUTSTANDING - Otago Daily Times | Food & Wine (Reviewer Mark Henderson), Jun 2018

    5 STARS - Cuisine Magazine Review, Issue 189, Jun 2018
    "This syrah from one of Hawke’s Bay’s premium producers of the variety is both serious and uplifting. A sprinkle of pepper, still dark fruit, attractive cedary oak, a whisper of florality (there is a 2% viognier presence)... all this comes packaged in a fantastic structure built around broad, round tannins. It has weight, but steps delicately."