2019 Trinity Hill The Gimblett Cabernet Blend
Usually a Cabernet-led blend
Trinity Hill's story began in 1987 when John Hancock met Robert and Robyn Wilson in their London restaurant Bleeding Heart. Over a bottle of John's award-winning Chardonnay (he was a founding winemaker for one of New Zealand’s early wine successes, Morton Estate), the concept of a Hawkes Bay winery was born. They were convinced they could produce world-class red and white wines in this region of New Zealand, and in 1993 Trinity Hill became one of the region's early pioneers, planting grape vines on a barren plot on the former bed of the Ngaruroro River in the Gimblett Gravels. The first Gimblett Road wines, barrel-aged, were released in 1998 (vintage 1997); Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot and Syrah, to critical acclaim and a number of gold medals and trophies. More land, wines and grape varieties have followed. First produced in 2002, Homage is Trinity Hill’s Flagship wine. A wonderfully round rich Syrah inspired by the famed Cote Rotie of the Northern Rhone, it has consistently gained more “Parker points” than any other New Zealand Syrah, achieving 92 to 95 in its seven vintages. Homage pays tribute to one of the Rhone Valley’s most iconic figures, the late Gerard Jaboulet. A long-time friend of Robert and Robyn Wilson – his wine dinners at the Bleeding Heart were legendary. Gerard took John Hancock under his wing in 1996 and allowed him to work beside him at the Jaboulet family wine cellars in Tain L’Hermitage throughout that harvest. As a mark of gratitude for hard work, Gerard gave Trinity Hill cuttings of Syrah from his famed La Chapelle vineyard, in Hermitage, and Viognier from Les Jumelles in Cote Rotie, and from these the Homage was born.
What The Critics Say
5 Stars Winestate Magazine
"This classy, youthful, claret-style Hawke's Bay red is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, oak-matured for a year. Dark and purple-flushed, it is a powerful, full-bodied wine, with vibrant, well-ripened blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, finely balanced tannins, and impressive concentration and complexity. $40 "
95/100 Andrew Caillard MW
"Medium deep crimson. Intense blackcurrant mulberry ginger wild fennel aromas. Generous inky wine with deep set blackcurrant mulberry fruits, fine chalky dense tannins, plentiful mocha, vanilla nutmeg oak, lovely mid-palate richness and fresh long integrated acidity. Finishes chalky/ grippy firm and a touch oaky right now but all the elements are in balance for the long term. "
19/20 Raymond Chan Reviews- Candice Chow
"Deep, ruby-red with a purple core, lighter dark purple rim. The nose has power and elegantly presented, succulent aromas of plums, cassis and blackberries interweave vine leaves, medicinal herbs, along with beautiful cedary notes and spice enriched senses. Full-bodied, a robust palate with dense aromas blackberries, plums and cassis, entwined with herbal, leafy elements; tobacco leaf, cedar lends a dry, savoury finish. The palate is powerful, structured by mineral-rich, fine-grained robust tannin and lively acidity. The fruit has great concentration, lend a densely knitted palate guided by a savoury flow. This is a powerful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with complex flavours and excellent structure that shows varietal characters and a sense of place. Match with hearty stew and grilled meat over the next 10+ years. 13.5% alc.
|Variety||Cabernet Merlot Blend|
|Maturity||2021 - 2031|
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