Lots of dark red and black fruit aromas oozing from the glass: black cherry, canned Doris plum and dark berry fruits laced with chocolate like toasty oak. Youthful, fruity and distinctive in its presence. On the palate - dry and with a grippy youthful tension on the palate. a mix of dark berry fruits, medium+ fine to not so fine tannins (chalky and dusty) and quite noticeable acidity. This wine needs time in cellar or some careful food selection to bring all the elements together that only time would otherwise do. That all said there is potential here for a wine that will age and show its true self in 2-4 years.
Trinity Hill 2013 Chardonnay Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay 13%
A complex, powerful, distinctive and individual bouquet. The relationship between the fruit, oak and wine maker are clear with a strong harmony emerging in what is clearly a very youthful wine. Grapefruit with peach; apple with oak; complexity with minerality. On the palate - delicious! This is an example of a wine that sets the benchmark for Hawke's Bay - it has a purity of fruit that is not swayed by oak yet the oak itself is noticeable but not invasive. The texture of this wine is key being assertive on the palate whilst showing off the minerality and complex sulphides which are mild. A long and memorable finish.
5 Stars (94 Points)
Trinity Hill 2013 Marsanne Viognier Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay 14%
The bouquet offers aromas of spice and oak spice laden white fleshed fruits, stone fruits, florals and a light saline along side some notes of honey and dry stone soil suggestions. On the palate - dry, spicy, pepper, warm, light creamy texture and a range of fruit flavors from stone fruit to baked apple and citrus peel. A balanced and lengthy finish. While this wine is likely to be a hand-sell in restaurants and specialist liquor outlets it is most certainly worth your time to investigate - you won't be sorry.
Trinity Hill 2013 'The Gimblett' Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay 13.5%
CS 40%, Mer 30%, CF 29%, PV 1%
The harmony of fruit on the nose is immediately apparent with no one component edging ahead (hard to achieve in such a young wine); black fruits, red fruits and a healthy dose of oak show off the youthful side in the bouquet; the mineral signature is strong with a gravelly dry soil sandy suggestion; overall quite complex. On the palate - dry, but immediate lush and full of violets and dark red fruit flavors; a sweet vanilla layer to the oak adds depth and complexity. Way more appealing on the palate than the nose suggests. A long finish with depth, charm and plenty of tension.
Trinity Hill 2013 Syrah Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay 13%
Seductively sweet bouquet led by ripe red & dark red fruits and generous oak - all still jostling for position yet collectively very appealing; black cherry, roasted field mushroom, black currant and toasty oak; a mild pepper quality. On the palate - delicious! with blue and purple fruit flavors, firm yet fine collection of ripe tannins, medium+ acidity and a long finish laced with a little pepper. Fabulous example of 2013 and Hawke's Bay Syrah.
5 Stars (95 Points)