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Trinity Hill was one of the first to plant grapes on the Gimblett Gravels in Hawkes Bay in 1993. The Gimblett Gravels, located on the former bed of the Ngaruroro River, is now a highly sought-after sub-region renowned for the quality of its wines, particularly those made from Syrah.
The Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay is stunning and offers superb value. The 2020 vintage seriously impressed judges at the 2022 International Wine Challenge, being awarded the Champion White Wine Trophy. Beautiful natural acidity, wild-yeast fermentation and malolactic fermentation in 500 litre puncheons combine to create great complexity and structural balance. 11 months of oak ageing is followed by a further four months in tank on lees. Flavours of citrus, white flowers and ripe grapefruit accompany toasted cashew and roasted hazelnut. The Marsanne/Viognier blend is a first from New Zealand. It has a lovely nuttiness and a silky texture. Made with fruit from the ‘125 Gimblett Vineyard’, named after the road on which it lies in the heart of the Gimblett Gravels, the limited release eponymous Chardonnay is a powerful, multi-layered wine, and was the only New Zealand wine to be awarded a trophy at the 2022 International Wine & Spirit Competition.
The 2020 vintage had ideal condition, with weather conditions leading up to the harvest typical of a classic Hawke’s Bay summer – long hot sunny days with moderate-cool nights. As Autumn arrived the season became cooler, yet remained dry, providing ideal ripening conditions while preserving natural acidity.
The hand-harvested fruit for this wine was gently pressed before being fermented with indigenous yeasts in 500 litre French oak puncheons (60% new oak). Malolactic fermentation was encouraged to soften acidity and give further richness. The wine then spent 12 months in barrel, followed by a further seven months in tank on lees before being bottled with no fining.
This Chardonnay displays aromas of citrus fruit, white nectarines, and citrus blossom. The palate is medium-bodied with flavours of toasted nuts, spices, and a slight note of flint, with hints of elegant and well-integrated oak. There is a delicacy to this wine but also a richness and beautifully linear acidity.
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