Trinity Hill Wines has released a new range of single vineyard wines, which are available to purchase online, at the Trinity Hill winery cellar door as well as in some restaurants and wine stores.
There are four wines in the new range, priced at $39 for the rosé, $80 for the Chardonnay and $120 for each of the reds; a Syrah and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Here are my reviews.
2021 Trinity Hill Molly’s Block Rosé RRP $39
Pale pink in colour with fresh, youthful aromas of strawberries, raspberries and watermelon on the nose, leading into a dry rosé with a medium body and summer fruit flavours. Molly’s Block rosé is 100% Syrah, made from grapes grown in Moteo Pa in Hawke’s Bay.
The wine was made from grapes grown on a later ripening site with a cooler climate which allows the grapes to retain acidity, which is beneficial for rosé’s refreshing qualities. The grapes in this wine were gently pressed with only free run juice used and, following cold settling, it was fermented at cool in stainless to capture and retain fruit flavours, freshness and vibrancy. Residual sugar of 0.3 grams per litre makes it totally dry.
2020 Trinity Hill 125 Gimblett Chardonnay RRP $80
Pale lemon in colour with aromas of toasted almonds, notes of grapefruit and citrus flavours on the nose. The wine is dry, intensely citrusy with notes of lemon and grapefruit on its full bodied palate. Youthful acidity adds brightness and freshness to the smooth, creamy texture in this wine. It’s made from hand picked grapes from the Tin Shed vineyard at 125 Gimblett Road (hence the name). Grapes were fermented in new 500 litre French oak puncheons with malolactic fermentation encouraged to accentuate softness and a creamy texture in the wine. Delicious tension comes from the well balanced acidity, which will preserve this wine for up to 10 years in good cellaring conditions.
2019 Trinity Hill Thomson’s Block Syrah RRP $120
Deep purple with a clear rim and pronounced aromas of spice, cedar and ripe plums combine on the nose of this youthful new Syrah, made with grapes grown on Thomson’s Block Vineyard on Roy’s Hill in Hawke’s Bay. The 2019 vintage is shaping up to be one of the best of the past decade in the Bay and this wine expresses it beautifully with layers of spice, cedar and a hint of black pepper enveloped in a dry, full bodied expression of Syrah, which was blended here with 5% of Viognier from the Gimblett Estate vineyard. This adds a smooth texture, fleshes out the mid palate, adding viscosity and accentuating the ripe red and black plum flavours. The wine was aged in French oak barriques for 21 months and bottled without fining.
Thomson’s Block is a north facing vineyard, planted in 2007 on Roy’s Hill in Hawke’s Bay; a sunny and warm site which optimises flavours in late ripening grapes, such as Syrah. All grapes were in this wine were hand picked and foot plunged in a small stainless open tank where they spent 11 days on skins to gain colour and flavour.
2019 Trinity Hill Prison Block Cabernet Sauvignon RRP $120
Deep ruby in colour with an opaque, almost black centre. This is an impressive wine with dark aromas of blackberries, blackcurrant leaf and cedar, underpinned by fresh rosemary and almond notes. Dry, full bodied and intensely fruity in flavour; this is a great Cabernet Sauvignon from grapes grown on a block of land behind Roy’s Hill, which was initially earmarked to be the site of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Correctional Facility, hence the name Prison Block. Today this land is home to the unforgiving Cabernet Sauvignon grape clone 337, which needs intense heat to ripen and a lengthy summer. The impressive depth of flavour and layers of complexity in this wine with its ripe dark fruit and high but balanced acidity all suggest that this is a wine for the long haul. Ten to 15 years in a good cellar will see it continue to evolve and open up with increasing depth of flavour. Top marks for impressive flavours now and every indication of a wine that will stand the test of time.