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Trinity Hill - Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2016


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
  • Wine Area: Gimblett Gravels
  • Wine Maker: John Hancock
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: Syrah 99%, Viognier 1%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2013) VS: 89+ (2013) JR: 16.5 (2012) WS: 89 (2013) WE: 93 (2013) WF: 94 (2013) MC: 4.5 Stars (2013) RC: 18 (2008)

Wine tasting notes

The colour is a deep, vibrant crimson. Blackberry, black pepper, savory and spice elements are prominent with meaty overtones. The Viognier has added a lifted aromatic quality and softened the tannins, making the wine more supple and appealing. Multi-layered complexity is the aim. Powerful but ripe and round tannins give the wine great structure. Oak aging plays a minor part and the wine lives on its fruit. Combined with the good acidity, these characteristics mean excellent aging potential. Development of mineral, earthy and tarry characters are likely during bottle aging, resulting in a wine that is in Northern Rhone-like rather than resembling anything Australian. We would expect this wine to age 5-7 years plus with good cellaring conditions. Great with any red meat and especially good with game, particularly venison..

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)89 pts

March 2016 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2013 Gimblett Gravels Syrah has a nose of ripe black cherries, mulberries, blueberry tart and cracked peppercorns with a touch of violets. Light to medium-bodied, it fill the mouth with refreshing black berry flavors complimented by black pepper and spice nuances and chewy tannins, finishing with an acid and herbs laced lift.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)89+ pts

May 2016 by Stephen Tanzer - Bright ruby-red. Very ripe dark raspberry, spices, flowers and game on the nose, accented by black pepper. Conveys a strong core of dark berry and red licorice flavor, along with a spiciness from the stems. "Two thousand thirteen was not a hugely warm year," noted winemaker Gibson. This very juicy, savory, firmly tannic wine should gain in nuance and age gracefully--and it has the power to last. As of the 2014 vintage, Gibson has started using some large botti-like ovals for this wine. -- Stephen Tanzer (2012)16.5 pts

Tasted Sept 2014 - Less pronounced and expressive than the 2013 on the nose. Peppery, but more restrained and savoury, with even a little sour touch on the palate. A somewhat more austere version of Gimblett Gravels than the norm. (RH)

Wine Spectator (2013)89 pts

Opening with aromatics of violet, pepper and sage, and showing a tight core of black fruit flavors, this may become more expressive with time, and there are plenty of details of tobacco, cedar and spice, with firm, dense tannins

Wine Enthusiast (2013)93 pts

Editor's Choice - Blind, you could be forgiven for thinking this is the winery's flagship, Homage Syrah. An intoxicating nose of baking spices, blueberries and boysenberries leads to a palate with ample weight and plush tannins. It's complex, earthy and spicy, but with a beam of lively, just-ripe fruit from start to long-lived finish. Drink this stunning value through 2023.

Wine Front (2013)94 pts

Sweeter fruit profile in perfume, red berries, cranberry, jam, but also shows with attractive herbal, amaro notes too. Glossy in texture, feels like whole-bunch influence, with a dusting of pepper through dark berry fruit flavours, finishing perky, fresh and with a serious, building chalky pucker. This is really delicious and the structure shows you who’s boss. Great.

Michael Cooper (2013)4.5 stars

Winemaker Warren Gibson is pursuing a 'savoury, earthy Rhône style'. Grown in the Gimblett Gravels and matured in French oak casks (partly new), the 2013 vintage (4.5*) is deeply coloured, with a fragrant bouquet of ripe plums and spices. Still youthful, with vibrant blackcurrant and black-pepper flavours, showing excellent concentration, well-integrated oak and fine-grained tannins, it should be at its best 2016+.

Raymond Chan (2008)18 pts

96% Syrah and 4% Viognier from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.5% alc., aged 14 months in new and seasoned French and American oak barriques. Dark ruby-red in colour, this has a tight and finely constructed bouquet of black fruits, pepper and spices, lifted with violetty perfumes. On palate, this has northern Rhone elegance with clear-cut black, pepper and berry fruit flavours, framed within a dry, tight, fine-textured structure. The wine has length and some alcohol warmth, and a herb and earth savouriness that will endear it to a multitude of red game meat matching situations over the next 5-7 years. Mar 2011

Vinification Notes

The grapes were gently de-stemmed to leave a large portion of uncrushed berries. A small quantity of Viognier (0.5%) was included. Fermentation took place in closed stainless steel fermenters and the cap was pumped over at least twice daily with for optimum color and tannin extraction. A range of post-fermentation maceration periods between batches allowed for increased complexity of aromatics and textural qualities to be gained. The wine was subsequently aged in a mixture of new and older French oak barriques. Malolactic fermentation took place in tank before going to barrel. Barrel aging of the wine utilized techniques more typical of Pinot Noir winemaking, where the wine is handled very gently in order to reduce contact with oxygen. This style of Syrah is quite delicate and responds best to sensitive winemaking.