2014 Trinity Hill "The Trinity" Red Blend Hawke's Bay (Elsewhere $15)

SKU #1318917 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 It’s a lush, expansive wine filled with dark fruit - think cassis and blueberry. Hints of asphalt, mocha and baking spices linger on the finish. Drink now - 2020. *Editor's Choice*

90 points Raymond Chan

 Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on edge. This has an elegant and fragrant nose with up-front aromas of lifted dark red berry fruits along with subtle black fruits and red floral lift. The aromas are harmoniously interwoven building in volume, revealing dark herb and iron-earth nuances. Medium-full bodied, bright, juicy and aromatic flavours of dark red berry fruits feature on the palate. The wine is vibrant and lively, with sweetness and lift. Some red plum, fresh herbal and earthy flavours unfold, and powdery tannin extraction emerges to form a fine-textured core and line. The structure carries the wine to a light, dry, lingering finish. This is a bright, juicy and vibrant, aromatic fruited Merlot-based wine with fine, drying tannins and finish. Match with roasted and grilled lamb and beef dishes over the next 4+ years.

90 points Sam Kim

 This label has become a go-to wine for many Hawke's Bay red lovers. This latest offering is a beauty. Fragrant aromas of dark plum, blueberry, floral, dried herb and spice lead to a succulent palate that is beautifully weighted and finely textured. It is supple, smooth and pleasingly dry. At its best: now to 2019.

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "2014 was a very warm season in Hawkes Bay with a typically dry summer. A perfect season to produce delicious, ripe and robust red varietals. The leather and plum aromas of the Merlot combine with spice and red fruit characters of Tempranillo and Malbec. Cassis aromas and structural backbone are provided by the Cabernet family. Richness and soft, ripe tannins make a serious yet eminently drinkable wine. This wine is made to be enjoyed while still quite young or will reward short term cellaring. It can be enjoyed with a wide range of different flavoured food. Drink 3- 5 years from harvest date. Winemaking - Each individual vineyard parcel was harvested separately and then gently de-stemmed prior to fermentation. Subsequently, gentle daily pumping over of the skins during fermentation helped extract a soft, complex structure. Following fermentation, the skin maceration was extended for up to 4 weeks to further integrate and soften the tannins. After 14 months aging in a combination of small French oak and stainless steel tanks, the individual blocks were blended to create the ideal marriage of components. The wine was bottled in September 2015."

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2017 | Send Email
Our buyer Ryan Woodhouse long converted me over to Southern Hemisphere values years ago because the dollar for dollar value that he's finding from Australia and New Zealand is unparalleled in any of our other departments. Case in point? This Trinity Hill Red Blend from Hawkes Bay for $9.99. Cab/Merlot blends of this quality, complexity, and elegance don't exist in California anymore for this price. You not only get dark, expansive, palate-coating fruit from the Trinity Hill, but also secondary flavors of minerality and spice that are generally present in wines double and triple the price point. Compare this to the last domestic wine you bought for $9.99 and do a comparison. I promise you you'll be on the Ryan Woodhouse express after doing so.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2017 | Send Email
Trinity Hill has stood out to me as one of the highest end, most serious producers in Hawke's Bay, and this $10 red is a good indication of why. To produce this quality of product at their least expensive level blows me away, as I know this would be considered a top-tier wine for many wineries. It shows medium body with a good amount of structure and acid. The fruit is present, but definitely not overly dominant. There is power to this wine that comes from deliberate, careful winemaking and this certainly does not feel like something the winemaker had to produce to hit financial obligations. I'm excited to see consistent, spot-on winemaking from Trinity Hill from their $80 Homage Syrah to this $10 red blend.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2017 | Send Email
A buffet consisting of almost all of my favorite varietals. This inexpensive bottle is a great find for casual weekday meals and gatherings because it is full of flavor with little fuss. Deep color, tame alcohol, bright and friendly aromas with a touch of hint of a tobacco note that add to it's depth. The ripe tannin profile gives it a sense of seriousness. Tasty.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
This wine is simply unbelievable for this price point. 2014 was one of the best (if not the best) vintage in Hawke's Bay for 20 years. Stable Autumn weather and warm vintage conditions gave rise to wines of deep, concentrated fruit, with powerful structure and length. This wine is predominantly a right bank Bordeaux style blend with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon taking the lead with dashes of Tempranillo, Syrah and Malbec adding complexity and character. The fruit was picked from Trinity Hill's incredible estate holdings in Hawke's Bay and showcases the regions stony, gravelly soils that are so perfect for these varieties. Dark plummy fruit, charred spices, coco nib and stony minerals. The wine is medium bodied with a nice tannin structure that drinks far more seriously than the wines modest price point might suggest. This wine can easily stand up to hearty stews and grilled meats or be cellar for 5-8 even 10 years. Quite remarkable for a wine we're offering for under $10!

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

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 (%): 13.5