Price:  £21.50 | Case Rate: £20.42
Ex Tax: £17.92

Trinity Hill - Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2017


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
  • Wine Maker: John Hancock
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink: 2011 - 2014.
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2013) D: 15.6 (2007) BC: 93 (2007) Misc: 4.5 Stars (2006)

Wine tasting notes

The characters typical of our Gimblett Road vineyards such as pineapple, grapefruit, fig and pear are evident. Mealy, biscuity barrel ferment and integrated oak characters add complexity. The wine displays the desirable character of elegance with power. This is a powerful wine, but it also shows softness and great balance.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)92 pts

March 2016 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The 2013 Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay exudes zesty lemon and grapefruit notes with underlying toast, struck flint, cashew and honeysuckle hints. Medium-bodied, it bursts with vibrant citrus and savoury flavors, supported by great freshness and finishing with satisfying persistence.

Decanter (2007)15.6 pts, 3 Stars / 15.6pts (2007) -" Rich, leesy nose, a hint of maturity. Very good, textured mouthfeel, integrated oak, good acidity and balance. Youthful. Drink from 2012."

Bob Campbell MW (2007)93 pts

Bob Campbell,, 5 Stars/93pts (2007) -"  Although perhaps not as intense as the terrific wine from the previous vintage this still has power, an ethereal texture and an array of nutty, mealy characters adding extra interest to strong, pure fruit and mineral flavours. Very sophisticated Chardonnay indeed."

Miscellaneous (2006)4.5 stars

Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, February 20, 2008. 4 1/2 Stars. (2006) - "Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay is full-on, with nutty, toffee aromas and flavours, backed by lovely fruit. It has a very long aftertaste. It's beautifully balanced and will develop - one if the best John Hancock and his team have made."

Vinification Notes

Carefully selected hand picked fruit is gently whole-bunch pressed to encourage low phenolic pickup and elegance. Only the highest quality free-run juice is selected. This helps to improve the texture and aging ability of the wine. 100% of the juice was fermented and aged in 55% new, 35% one year old and 10% in older French oak barriques. 100% malo-lactic fermentation was used to soften the grape acidity and to complement the Chardonnay character. Lees aging and regular stirring was used to increase complexity and mouth feel. The wine was blended after 10 months in barrel and bottled in February 2006.