2014 Trinity Hill "Homage" Syrah Hawke's Bay (SOLD OUT) (Elsewhere $100)

SKU #1303996 100 points Sam Kim

 When you combine exceptional winemakers, a stunning vineyard and a stellar vintage, the resulting wine is a compelling one. A glorious expression of the variety, this latest offering exhibits aromas of dark plum, spiced cherry, black olive, game and cedar on the nose, leading to a concentrated and richly fruited palate that is intense and formidable, while remaining perfectly poised and balanced. The wine offers layers of delectable flavours and rich texture, wonderfully framed by loads of polished tannins. This is not a huge monster, rather a stylish and refined rendition offering exceptional fruit purity as well as seductive complexity. At its best: 2018 to 2030.

99 points Bob Campbell

 Dense, powerful and obviously youthful syrah with very concentrated dark berry, dried fruit, powdered chocolate, spice, anise and very subtle violet flavours. This is an exciting wine that has obviously been built to last but can still be appreciated even at this early stage of its potentially long life. It is, quite simply, the best Homage I have tasted.

99 points Raymond Chan

 Full, very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter edged, very youthful in appearance. The nose is very refined and elegantly expressed with aromas of pure and ripe black-berried fruits harmoniously melded with an array of fragrant black and violet florals, along with suggestions of spice and black mineral detail. The aromatics are tight and concentrated, build in intensity in the glass and exude immense finesse. Medium-full bodied, the palate is tightly bound and concentrated with intense and penetrating flavours of ripe blackberries, lifted by a range of fragrant black and floral notes. The fruit is complexed by fine iron-earth and black mineral elements, with suggestions of spice unfolding. The fruit is supported by considerable extraction, the powdery tannins providing a firm, near velvet-textured line. The palate flows with drive and underlying soft, ripe acidity lends the energy to carry to a taut, long-lingering finish of black fruits and an array of dark florals. This is a very refined, aromatic, individual Syrah with ripe black fruits and an array of fragrant florals and mineral complexities, on a seriously structured palate with very fine tannins. Match with roasted lamb, beef, venison and game meat over the next 12-15 years.

98 points James Suckling

 A beautifully articulated edition of this Hawke's Bay syrah that is loaded with potential. It's a strong vintage that has been cleverly crafted into a thoroughbred wine, packed with spicy and complex interest on the nose: blackberries, cloves, anise, pepper, some dark stony notes and crushed purple flowers. The palate builds smoothly in layers of succulently flavorsome, fine tannins that deliver a seamless array of dark-plum and blackberry flavors. Still frisky and full of youthful, snappy appeal. Best from 2020.  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

One of the truly great Syrahs of the world. I would happily run this up against the very best of the Northern Rhone, or anywhere else on the planet, come to think of it. After the massive success of the 2013 release of Homage the 2014 seems to have raised the bar yet again! Quite spectacularly it has even better scores than its predecessor; a perfect 100 point score from one of NZ's top critics, two 99 point scores and a giant 98 point score from JamesSuckling.com! 2014 was another picture perfect vintage in New Zealand; warm conditions produced powerful wines with a fantastic combination of fruit and structure. The 2014 Homage Syrah is built to last but also very gratifying even as a young wine; this can be drunk anytime over the next 20+ years. A true collectable worthy of a place in anyone's cellar. The Trinity Hill "Homage" is named in honor of the late Gerard Jaboulet of L'Tain Hermitage. In 1996 Gerard took Trinity Hill winemaker John Hancock "under his wing" and later comment that John was the most committed winemaker he had ever worked with. As a measure of gratitude Gerard gave John Syrah cuttings from his famed La Chappelle vineyard in Hermitage! And so the Homage was born from this very cuttings and is produced only in years of exceptional quality. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2017 | Send Email
This particular release from Trinity Hill is a bit tricky. It smells quite ripe, with deep boysenberry and blackberry on the nose but, in sneaks some minerals, clove and white pepper. Very, very lively on the palate, with tart blackberry, licorice and more white pepper. Some chalkiness on the lingering finish seems to indicate that this one will be a great cellar addition.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2017 | Send Email
I am not normally drawn to Australian Syrah and I too often seem to confuse the weighty, unctuous versions of Australia past with New Zealand, having majored in Geography I am even more embarrassed. Yet the Syrah that comes out of New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay is a wine of a different ilk. The nose is restrained, showing cooler climate fruit character, some black pepper and bits of earth while on the palate the wine shows more elegance, snap, it has none of the brooding, heaviness I don’t like in Syrah it’s remarkably agile. The body is deceiving while it is quite rich it doesn’t show it at all, good acidity and mineral grit seem to elevate this wine on your palate and lift the finish. Excellent breeding, focus and flavors, really solid wine.
Drink from 2017 to 2029

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2017 | Send Email
This is an incredibly serious Syrah from one of the most exciting sites in New Zealand. Hawke's Bay delivers Syrah of exceptional quality with the near perfect weather and farming conditions of 2014. This is a producer I turn to time and time again for wines that are complex and intricate, yet crowd-pleasing, often a hard combination to encounter with a younger wine at this price. This seriously rivals any top-notch Syrah from around the world and should be lauded as one of the best wines of the region right now.

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Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13