Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2017  £24.95

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Since its inception in 1993, partners John Hancock, who has been making wine in New Zealand for over 35 years, and Robert and Robyn Wilson, owners of The Bleeding Heart and The Don in London, have made Trinity Hill a byword for quality and consistency. Winemaker Warren Gibson has been with Trinity Hill since 1997. He is also in charge of the 80 hectares of vineyard owned by Trinity Hill, of which 47 are in the Gimblett Gravels. The Gimblett Gravels, planted on the former bed of the Ngaruroro River, is now a highly sought after sub-region renowned for the quality of its wines. The Trinity Hill wines have an elegance, balance, drinkability and precision of flavour. This estate was one of the first to plant grapes on the Gimblett Gravels in 1993.

The Gimblett Gravels winegrowing area is a small sub-region in the Hawkes Bay of New Zealand defined by a very unique stony soil type. This wine is made from estate-grown grapes from the Tin Shed and Gimblett Stones vineyards.

The 2017 growing season began very warm in Hawkes Bay, although the end of summer and autumn saw lower than normal temperatures and higher humidity. The grapes were harvested between 2nd-14th April.

Grapes were hand-harvested from a range of individual sites and clones and then fermented separately before blending post-fermentation. A range of maceration periods allowed for increased complexity. 30% whole bunches were included in the fermentation which contributes to freshness, aromatics and structure. A very small percentage of Viognier skins were included in some batches to further aid complexity. The wine was aged for 14 months in a mixture of new and old 228-litre French oak barriques and larger 5000-litre oak casks.

This Syrah has aromas of wild raspberry, blueberry, cracked pepper and hints of vanilla bean on the nose. Powerful, ripe tannins give the wine great structure. Oak plays a supporting role in the wine's pure fruit expression. This purity combined with refreshing natural acidity means there is excellent potential for ageing


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