Vintage: 2021

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2021TR103B216 x 75ScrewcapContact Us
Producer

Founded in 1993, by winemaker John Hancock together with Robert and Robyn Wilson, owners of The Bleeding Heart Group and The Don in London, Trinity Hill is synonymous with quality and consistency. In 2021, Trinity Hill was bought by a group of New Zealand private investors passionate about the wine industry, including Director, Mitch Plaw and his business partners, Craig Turner, Mark Sandelin and Michael Nock.

Winemaker Warren Gibson has worked at Trinity Hill since 1997. Alongside his winemaking expertise, Warren also manages Trinity Hill’s 80 hectares of vineyards across Hawkes Bay and the Gimblett Gravels. He is well versed in these areas and this knowledge is reflected in his wines. Warren and his team show the best of what Hawkes Bay and the Gimblett Gravels can produce. These are wines defined by elegance, balance, drinkability and flavour precision, making them a joy to drink.

Hawkes Bay

Trinity Hill’s Hawkes Bay Chardonnay is beautifully balanced. The fruit is gently pressed, without crushing or de-stemming, before fermenting with indigenous yeasts. The resulting wine also undergoes full malolactic fermentation, followed by ageing in French oak barrels and is defined by aromas of citrus and white flowers combined with a rich, creamy texture. The Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of fruit from four subregions. It differs significantly from the ‘classic’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc expression, with gentle aromas and flavours of stone fruit and lime.

Trinity Hill’s red wines are, if anything, even more impressive. The Hawkes Bay Syrah is sourced from across Hawkes Bay, including Gimblett Gravels and the Red Metal Triangle. A short period ageing in oak helps retain its vibrant fruit profile, defined by wild blackberry, spice and delicious peppery notes. The Hawkes Bay ‘The Trinity’ is a Merlot-dominant blend supplemented by Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec from various vineyards in Gimblett Gravels. This is an impressive wine with soft, ripe tannins and notes of plum, cassis, and spice. For the Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir, a small portion of the fruit undergoes whole-bunch fermentation, adding to the wine’s character and enhancing notes of fresh raspberry, plum and brambly spice with soft, velvety tannins.

Vineyards

The grapes are sourced from four vineyard sites in three distinct sub-regions throughout Hawkes Bay. 50% from the free draining soils of the Gimblett Gravels, 37% from the silty, sandy soils of Haumoana and 13% from the inland sub-region of Ohiti. Yields are controlled to ensure Trinity Hill's philosophy of "quality over quantity". All vineyards are planted using the traditional VSP trellis system, this maximises fruit development and ripening.

Vintage

Weather conditions throughout the 2021 vintage were typical of a Hawkes Bay summer, with warm sunny days and moderately cool nights. As autumn arrived, the season became cooler yet remained dry, providing ideal ripening conditions.

Vinification

Each vineyard was harvested separately, with the parcels gently pressed without crushing or destemming. Fermentations were carried out using cultured and indigenous yeast, in a combination of stainless steel tanks (70%) and 500-litre French oak puncheons (30%), the former preserving fruit flavour, the latter imparting complexity and texture. Malolactic fermentation was discouraged post-fermentation in order to enhance the freshness of the wine. Ageing on yeast lees for six months further enhanced complexity and mouthfeel.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

On the nose, this wine shows typical fresh aromatics of citrus, grapefruit and ripe stone fruits. These aromas are complemented on the palate by roasted hazelnuts and almonds, hints of gunflint and a creamy richness on the finish.

Alcohol (ABV)

13.5%

Acidity

6.4 g/l

Residual Sugar

1.42 g/l

pH

3.35

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