The flagship wine of Trinity Hill, Homage is made as a tribute to one of the Rhone Valley’s most iconic figures, the late Gerard Jaboulet. The fruit is sourced from cuttings Gerard generously gave Trinity Hill from the renowned La Chapelle vineyard in Hermitage and the Les Jumelles vineyard in Cote Rotie.
Produced in small quantities and only in exceptional years, Homage is the ultimate expression of profound, powerfully complex, Hawkes Bay Syrah.
"A superb wine. Quite possibly the greatest expression of Syrah that New Zealand has produced to date. The level of complexity and concentration, the layering of flavours and textures, the length of tannins – there is so much to admire in this wine. Fruits are in the raspberry, red plum and blackberry spectrum, doused in pepper and every imaginable woody spice. Hints of chocolate, too. A thrilling and vibrant syrah."
99 points, James Suckling, Dec 2017.
"Tasted with a vertical of five vintages of Homage. Rich and intense Syrah with violet, black pepper, dark berry, plum and oak flavours. Dense, sweet fruit nicely balances a solid backbone of ripe, round tannins. A youthful, intense and potentially complex red that promises to age well. 600 cases made."
98 points, Bob Campbell MW, Sep 2017.
"Another compelling rendition of the variety from Trinity Hill, the impressively complex bouquet shows dark plum, spiced cherry, black olive, violet and game characters with beautifully infused cedary oak nuances. The palate is powerful and concentrated, while remaining perfectly proportioned and structured, and delivers exceptional fruit purity combined with seductive spicy/savoury undertones, brilliantly structured by fine, chalky tannins. The wine is gratifying and engaging at the same time, and destined to evolve magnificently."
99 points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit. Sept 2017.
"Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with purple-black hues, near impenetrable. The nose has incredibly intense and penetrating aromas of ripe blackberry fruit with subtle dark raspberry and blue fruit notes, lifted by an array of red, violet and black florals, melded with fine spice elements and a suggestion of black pepper. The aromatic components are seamlessly interwoven and harmonious in presentation. Medium-full bodied, the palate is richly sweet and succulent with ripe, vibrant and lively fruit flavours of blackberries entwined with dark-red and blue fruit notes, along with dark-red, violet and black florals, melded with notes of liquorice, spice and black pepper forming a complex amalgam. The fruit is fine and beautifully concentrated with intensity and depth, the lusciousness balanced by considerable extraction, the tannins very fine-grained and flowery in texture. The acidity is ripe and softly integrated, and the wine carries with great linearity and drive to a long and sustained finish of black fruits, florals and spices. Match with slow-cooked game meat and Middle Eastern fare over the next 10 years. Hand-picked fruit from sites in the Gimblett Gravels at a crop level of approx. 35 hL//ha, the different lots fermented with an approx. average of 25% whole bunches (some batches up to 100% whole bunch) to 13.1% alc., the wine spending on average 25 days on skins, and aged 15 months in approx. 60% new French oak, predominantly in barriques as well as large format 5000 L oak ovals."
19.5 points, Raymond Chan, Sep 2017.