Price:  £20.95 | Case Rate: £19.92
Ex Tax: £17.46

Trinity Hill - Gimblett Gravels 'The Gimblett" 2015


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
  • Wine Area: Gimblett Gravels
  • Wine Maker: John Hancock & Warren Gibson
  • Grape: Bordeaux Blend
  • Grape Percentage: Cabernet Sauvignon 43%, Merlot 41%, Petit Verdot 7%, Malbec 6% and Cabernet Franc 3%. Clones predominantly sourced from Bordeaux.
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2017
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Great for drinking with red meats and game, including duck.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 94 (2009) JR: 17.5 (2008) JR: 17 (2007) WS: 88 (2013) WE: 90 (2009) JG: 92 (2005) WF: 91 (2009) BC: 94 (2008) BC: 94 (2007) MC: 5 Stars (2008)

Wine tasting notes

2008 was a very good vintage in Hawkes Bay. A temperate summer was followed by a superb and dry Indian Summer with generally average temperatures. This blessing allowed us to hang the fruit out until it was perfectly ripe, still retaining the typical varietal characters of the grapes. The 5 traditional varieties of Bordeaux, as grown in the Gimblett Gravels region of Hawkes Bay, have produced a wine of power, elegance and complexity. The beautiful rich red colour and the black fruits aromas and flavours are complimented by a soft, mouth-filling structure and a fine-grained texture. This is a fine wine for aging, 5-10 years, but is also quite approachable in its youth. Great for drinking with red meats and game, including duck.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2009)94 pts

Wine Advocate Issue #197. Oct 2011. Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 The Gimblett (a Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec) has youthfully mute aromas of warm cassis, cloves, cedar, yeast extract and a whiff of hung meat. Medium-full bodied, it has a good backbone of crisp acid, firm tannins and a long finish. Still very young and tight, give it 18-24 months more in bottle and drink it 2013 - 2022+. (2007)17 pts

Tasted November 2009. Sweet and round and juicy. A bit inky. Lots of energy and aggression there! Dry finish. Quite sweet and modern and easy. When to Drink : 2010 to 2016. (2008)17.5 pts

Tasted July 2011 - Dark crimson. Interesting complex, intriguing, well balanced bouquet. Lovely balance. This wine spreads across the palate in the most satisfying way. Really appetising and beautifully balanced. You could enjoy this already but there are tannins lurking underneath. (JR)

Wine Spectator (2013)88 pts

White pepper and mineral notes accent the crisp plum and wild berry flavors, with polished tannins and details of sandalwood on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022.

Wine Enthusiast (2009)90 pts

This blend of five Bordeaux varieties is a solid value, offering intense and pure cassis fruit that’s subtly framed by coffee, chocolate and the faintest hint of dried herbs. The overall feel is sturdy, with firm tannins. Drink 2015–2025. — J.C. (8/1/2012)

Jamie Goode (2005)92 pts

Jamie Goode,, 92pts (2006) -"A Merlot-dominant Bordeaux blend showing a lovely blackberry and blackcurrant fruit nose – fresh and pure with a nice savoury edge. The palate shows more pure, intense fruit with savoury complexity. Youthful, with grippy tannins. Beautifully structured."

Wine Front (2009)91 pts

Mike Bennie,, 91pts (2009) “ The blend in 2009 is 38% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec – it varies with the vagaries of each vintage.

Bob Campbell MW (2007)94 pts

<strong>Bob Campbell MW,, 5 Stars / 94 pts (2007)</strong> -"A blend of 51% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 9% Malbec. Made from hand-picked fruit that was destemmed without crushing and given approximately three weeks maceration on the skins after fermentation to soften tannins. Deep, dense, chewy red with dark berry, chocolate, plum, liquorice, spice and classy oak flavours. Strong, sweet and accessible fruit supported by soft, ripe tannins. Very appealing red from a top vintage and highly rated winemaker.

Bob Campbell MW (2008)94 pts

Dense red with strong, ripe sweet berry fruit and plum flavours together with chocolate, licorice and vanilla seasoned with an influence of spicy oak. An impressive blended red that offers value at this price.

Michael Cooper (2008)5 stars

A great buy, from one vintage to the next. The 2008 (*****) is based mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon (43 per cent) and Merlot (41 per cent), blended with Petit Verdot (7 per cent), Malbec (6 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (3 per cent.) Hand-picked in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, and matured for over 18 months in principally French oak barrels (25 per cent new), it is dense and very ageworthy. Dark, with blackcurrant and spice flavours, notably rich, ripe and firmly structured, it‟s still very youthful, but finely balanced, layered and lingering.

Vinification Notes

Hand-picked fruit was gently destemmed without crushing into closed top tanks for fermentation. Each variety and vineyard was harvested and vinified separately. Pumping over with controlled aeration took place over the fermentation period to extract colour and tannin as gently as possible. A post-fermentation maceration of the wine with the skins took place for a further three weeks or so to soften the texture and structure of the tannins. Daily tasting determined the optimum time to press the skins. The whole vinification process was tailored to make the tannins accessible. After a brief settling period to clarify the wine, it was put into small oak barrels, predominantly French, of which approximately 35 % were new. Regular racking followed to help clarify the wines. After some 18 months in barrel, the individual components were assessed and blended.