Trinity Hill Syrah, Gimblett Gravels
The Syrah grapes come from the free draining, deep, gravel soils and microclimate of the Gimblett Gravels region. The soils are deep river gravels, left by the Ngaruroro River as it changed course over many thousands of years. Their low fertility, along with the ability to control vine vigour by controlling soil moisture, give small crops with highly concentrated flavours and aromas. Trinity Hill produces from four of their own vineyard sites within the sub-region of Gimblett Gravels.
2014 was an exceptional year for red wine in Hawkes Bay, characterised by a wet but fruitful spring, a warm, dry summer and a mild autumn. The beginning of the season was frost free and mild with good soil moisture levels. Good conditions at flowering meant excellent bunch weights and numbers resulting in good volumes of excellent fruit. Consistently warm day and night temperatures advanced the season from budburst onwards. The end of the season remained dry and warm until 5th April, when signifcant rainfall occurred for the following 10 days. The Syrah harvest started early on 24th March with the last fruit picked on 7th April, record early picking dates for Trinity Hill.
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. 20% whole bunches were included in the fermentations which contribute to freshness, aromatics and structure. A small percentage of Viognier (3% in total) was included in some batches to further add complexity and texture. The wine was aged for 14 months in a mixture of new and older French oak 228 litre barriques plus larger 5000 litre oak ovals. This barrel ageing regime includes stirring of the lees and very minimal racking.
Deep and vibrant crimson in colour, with 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 to the wine's pure fruit expression. This purity combined with refreshing natural acidity mean there is excellent potential for ageing. Development of mineral, gamey characters will result from bottle-age.
|Region||Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay|
|Grape Varieties||Shiraz/Syrah, Viognier|
|Style||14. Spicy warm-hearted reds|
|Food Match||Game / Duck, Mouldy Cheeses, Roasted or grilled Red Meats|
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