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Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2011 Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2011

Gimblett Gravels is a sub-area of Hawkes Bay and the free draining soils give very high quality fruit and this wine is the epitome of a hand crafted Hawkes Bay Syrah. Deep in colour, savoury, almost meaty notes and a powerful, but well-balanced structure complete the package. A wine that can be enjoyed now but has considerable ageing potential too.

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.

2012 was a cool and late season in Hawkes Bay. Careful harvest timing enabled the range of vineyard sites to exhibit the fruit purity and exuberance typical of Gimblett Gravels Syrah. Grapes were picked from the 1st to the 26th of April.

100% Syrah

Following crushing, fermentation took place in a mixture of open-top and closed stainless steel vessels. The cap was pumped over and/or plunged twice daily for optimum colour and tannin extraction. Malolactic fermentation took place in tank before going to barrel. The wine was subsequently aged in a mixture of new and older French oak barriques for 18 months. Barrel ageing of the wine utilised techniques more typical of Pinot Noir winemaking, hence no barrel racking or stirring of the lees was carried out, producing a relatively delicate style of Syrah.

The colour is a deep, vibrant crimson. Wild raspberry, blackberry and black pepper aromas predominate. Savoury, spicy notes follow with some meaty overtones. Powerful but balanced, ripe tannins give the wine great structure. Oak ageing plays a minor part and the wine lives on its fruit. Combined with good acidity, these characteristics mean excellent ageing potential.

CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    12% (9 units of alcohol)

Per Bottle 17.50


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