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Trinity Hill Trinity Hill "The Trinity" Hawkes Bay 2012

Trinity Hill is a byword for quality and consistency. The wines characterise the best of Hawkes Bay can produce. They have an elegance, balance, drinkability and precision of flavour that makes them a joy. The Trinity is mainly a Bordeaux blend, with a little Tempranillo for good measure. It's a soft, ripe wine that is very drinkable, but serious in equal measure.

The grapes are sourced from vineyards predominantly in the Gimblett Gravels along with some from the larger Hawkes Bay region. The soils are deep river gravels, left by the Ngaruroro River as it changed course over many thousands of years. These free-draining gravels can be more than 100 metres deep.

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 sources fruit from four of their own vineyard sites within the Gimblett Gravels sub-region.

2012 was a very cool, damp and late season in Hawkes Bay. Continual cold air temperatures and rain dominated the growing season. A dry run in April was the saving grace, but intensive canopy and crop management was paramount during a season of high vigour and delayed ripening. This allowed for slow but concentrated development of aromas and flavour.

77% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Tempranillo

The grapes were gently de-stemmed prior to fermentation. Colour and tannins were extracted by gentle daily pumping over. The skin maceration was extended for up to three weeks following fermentation to soften and integrate the tannins. Following 10 months ageing in a combination of small French oak and stainless steel tanks, the individual varieties were blended to create the ideal marriage of the components.

The leather and plum aromas of the Merlot combine with spice and redcurrant characters of Cabernet Franc. Cassis aromas and structural backbone are provided by Cabernet Sauvignon. Richness and soft, ripe tannins make a serious yet eminently drinkable wine.

CLOSURE:    Stelvin

ALCOHOL:    12.5% (9.4 units of alcohol)

Per Bottle 12.95



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