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Trinity Hill - Gimblett Gravels Marsanne-Viognier 2017


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
  • Wine Maker: John Hancock
  • Grape: Viognier
  • Grape Percentage: 53% Marsanne , 47% Viognier
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 87 (2007) WiE: 4 Stars (2010) RC: 17.5 (2011)

Wine tasting notes

The Viognier provides exotic aromatics of apricot, musk and jasmine and a luscious texture. Marsanne provides gentle honeysuckle flavours as well as structure and tension to balance the fullness of the Viognier.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2007)87 pts

Wine Advocate Issue #176. Apr 2008. Reviewer : Neal Martin. The 2007 Gimblett Gravels Viognier is rather muffled on the nose whilst the palate has a spicy entry, viscous, touches of beeswax, honey and lanolin. Lacking a bit of concentration on the finish but still a well-crafted aromatic with a peppery aftertaste, although it is not quite as compelling as the 2006.

Wine Estate (2010)4 stars

Fleshy, softly textured wine, hand-picked and fermented and briefly lees-aged in French oak casks. Peachy and slightly biscuity, with good complexity and richness and a dry finish. Worth cellaring.

Raymond Chan (2011)17.5 pts

91% Viognier and 9% Marsanne, from the company's ‘Gimblett Estate', ‘Gimblett Stones' and ‘Tin Shed' sites, hand-picked and WBP, fully fermented in old oak with indigenous yeasts to 13.9% alc. and 2.6 g/L rs. The wine was aged in barrel 10 months with lees contact and partial MLF. Bright, very pale straw colour with some green hues, pale on rim. This has an elegantly intense and aromatic nose of orange zest, ripe yellow stonefruits and apticots, along with steely, mineral nuances, still tightly bound and with much to unfold. Dry to taste, and medium-full bodied, fulsome and up-front flavours of orange zest and apricots are intermixed with exotic tropical fruits and honeysuckle. The fruit is gently mouthfilling and rounded in texture, with a near-unctuous creaminess. The acidity is balanced and lively providing good cut and line, enhancing the slipperiness of the mouthfeel, leading to a clean, restrained finish with soft white stonefruit flavours. This is a full, upfront, exotic Viognier with soft mouthfeel and a gentle finish. Match with seafood, and serve with Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine over the next 3-4+ years

Vinification Notes

Hand-harvested fruit was gently whole bunch pressed and then immediately transferred to barrel. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts took place in a selection of older French oak. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place. The wine was blended and bottled in July 2018, after ageing on the lees in barrel for one year to add richness and complexity.