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Trinity Hill - Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo 2016


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
  • Wine Maker: Warren Gibson
  • Grape: Tempranillo
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2008) JR: 16 (2008) BC: 88 (2007) TC: 89 (2004) MC: 4 Stars (2008) RC: 18 (2008)

Wine tasting notes

This Tempranillo shows attractive brambly, blackberry-like ripe fruits along with spicy complexity. The palate is rich and textural with beautifully soft tannins. Liquorice, chocolate and sarsaparilla flavours linger on the finish.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2008)90 pts

Wine Advocate Issue #184. Sep 2009. Reviewer : Neal Martin. The wonderful 2008 Tempranillo is blended with 10% Touriga Nacional and displays damson and violets on the nose. Very expressive fruit on the palate, good acidity, quite lush with cassis and blueberry vying for attention and a lovely silky finish. Excellent. (2008)16 pts

Tasted January 2011. Jam, blackberry, spicy oak and pepper. Firm tannins, plummy finish. Takes itself rather seriously. Ageworthy. (RH). When to drink : 2011 to 2015.

Bob Campbell MW (2007)88 pts

Bob Campbell,, 4 Stars / 88pts (2007) -"Moderately intense and quite oaky red with appealing floral/violet and berry flavours together with a “new leather” quality from the oak. It’s a supple, dry and reasonably accessible red with good cellaring potential."

Tom Cannavan (2004)89 pts

<strong>Tom Cannavan,, 89pts (2004)</strong> -"Very deep colour. Cherry, shoe polish, and bright, forward aromatics with no real oak influence. Little floral notes. On the palate it has a solid fruit character, with plenty of juicy, chewy fruit. Bright, almost carbonic style, then a richness of oak starts to come through, adding a tobacco and smoky richness. A powerful and interesting wine."

Michael Cooper (2008)4 stars

This is a consistently impressive red, full of personality. The 2008 vintage (****), grown in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, was matured for 10 months in French (90 per cent) and American oak casks (25 per cent new). A blend of Tempranillo (87 per cent), Touriga Nacional (10 per cent), Malbec (2 per cent) and Viognier (1 per cent), it‟s a generous, serious, ageworthy red with full, youthful colour and fresh, deep plum and spice flavours, complex, savoury, finely balanced and lingering.

Raymond Chan (2008)18 pts

Dark, deep ruby-red with purple hues on rim, this has a very full, brambly nose with dark red berry fruits, earth, dried herb and some milk chocolate aromas, all solidly and sturdily presented. Full-bodied, this is robust and chunky with considerable tannin extraction and grainy grip underlining the palate. Sweet and savoury red berry fruits, showing juiciness along with hints of pepper, game and herbs match the structure. This is a dense and rugged wine that will match flavoursome, slow-cooked red meat dishes over the next 4-6 years.

Vinification Notes

Hand-harvested grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed. Once fermentation had begun, the cap was gently punched down or pumped over once or twice daily during the ferment. The must was pressed soon after the ferment was completed and then aged in a mixture of stainless steel tanks and French and American oak barriques. The stainless-steel ageing maintains freshness in the blend.