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Trinity Hill - Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo 2016


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
  • Wine Maker: John Hancock
  • Grape: Tempranillo
  • Grape Percentage: Tempranillo 87%, Touriga Nacional 10%, Malbec 2%, Viognier 1%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now -2020
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

Wild raspberry and plum fruit aromas with spice characterize the wine, with a little vanillin from oak barrels. This is a result of fully ripened fruit under our temperate conditions, which does not produce jammy or porty characters as can happen in a hotter climate. Malbec adds depth, weight and spice to the wine, increasing the complexity. This is an elegant wine, with firm but not heavy tannin structure. The texture is firm, but with suppleness, almost like a combination of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. There is great persistence of the wild fruit flavours and licorice 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

The hand-picked grapes were destemmed but not crushed. The fermentation took place in stainless-steel fermenters, at warm temperatures, maximum 28oC. The cap was punched down or pumped over twice daily during the ferment. The must was pressed out as soon as the ferment was finished, with the wine settled for a few days and then racked to a mixture of new and older French oak and American oak barriques plus stainless-steel. Regular racking takes place during the 11 month maturation in barrel.