Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah, Hawkes Bay
The lion’s share of Trinity Hill’s grapes comes from the Gimblett Gravels region, in the lee of Roy’s Hill. The gravelly soils were left behind by the Ngaruroro River as it changed course over time. The low fertility soils offer little kindness to the vines, forcing them to work and work to produce small crops of great flavour and aromatic concentration.
"Attractive florals and red berry fruits swathed in pepper and woody spices, as well as a nicely fitted spicy oak thread. The palate has a forthright, succulent and focused feel with plenty of blackberry and redder fruit flavours that twist neat and tight through the finish. Latent power here."
93 points, James Suckling.
"Very dark, deep purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, very youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full and voluminous with well-packed aromas of ripe dark raspberry fruit with blackberries, black and white pepper, dark-red and violet floral fragrances and nuances of dark herbs. Medium-bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated flavours of ripe blackberry and dark raspberries with a layering of pepper, lifted florals, dark herbs and spices. The fruit is supported by fine tannin extraction, lending powdery textures and grip The acidity is integrated and the mouthfeel is sweet and mouth-filling. The wine carries to a soft, lingering finish of dark-red fruits, pepper and spice. This is an elegantly concentrated Syrah with mouth-filling flavours of black and red fruits, pepper, florals and herbs on a fine-textured palate."
18.5 points, Raymond Chan, Nov 2017.
"Fabulously styled as always, the latest offering of this reliable label is another beauty. Fragrant aromas of dark plum, blueberry compote, violet, almond and pepper spice lead to a succulent palate that is silky and rounded and offers excellent fruit purity and a lingering smooth finish. Tannins are fine and in perfect balance, making the wine immensely appealing and approachable."
94 points, Sam Kim, November 2017.