Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett 2014

49% Cabernet Franc, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 3% Malbec from premium Gimblett Gravels sites in the Hawkes Bay area.

Hand-picked fruit was de-stemmed, with each variety and vineyard parcel being harvested and vinified separately. Pumping over with controlled aeration took place during fermentation to gently extract colour and tannin. A post-fermentation maceration of up to 4 weeks helped improve the texture and structure of the tannins. The wine was transferred to small 35% new French oak barrels for 16 months.

Winemaker's Comments 

Traditionally made from a blend of grape varieties: The Cabernet family provides structure and fresh aromatics; Merlot gives richness and mid-palate weight; with Malbec helping to add complexity, density and colour. The resulting wine shows exotically perfumed aromatics, including ripe blackberries and red fruits, plus hints of florals and dried herbs. There is superb clarity of flavours on the palate. Structurally complex with textural tannins, which will allow the development of further complexity over the next 10 years.

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