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2013 Trinity Hill "Gimblett Gravels" Syrah Hawke's Bay (Black Label)

SKU #1250479 96-97 points Raymond Chan

Outer quote mark Very dark, deep, purple-red colour. The nose is near decadent in richness, with well-ripened black berry fruit. I see plums, hints of boysenberries and black pepper. Black and violet florals lift the aromatics. Nuances of oak spice and complex savoury hints add detail. The palate features the very ripe fruit. Is this verging on showing some over-ripe notes? If so, it works extremely well, as there are still lovely perfumes. The extraction and structure are more a feature on the palate than last showing. The tannins are very fine-grained and powdery. Great depth, concentration and density, but with a degree of accessibility still. This will keep a decade easily. Inner quote mark

95 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Very impressive Syrah with good ripeness and density. An elegant rather than blockbuster style with dark berry, leather, wood smoke and black pepper flavours. Firmly structured wine that’s best with food although it will mellow and gain greater complexity with bottle age. Inner quote mark (4/2015)

95 points Sam Kim

Outer quote mark A compelling rendition of the variety, the wine shows wonderful fruit purity and rich mouthfeel. Fabulous notes of black/blueberry, dark plum, floral and subtle spice lead to a powerful palate that offers velvety mouthfeel and lush fruit intensity. It is youthful yet instantly appealing with loads meltingly delicious flavours. At its best: 2016 to 2025. Inner quote mark

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Blind, you could be forgiven for thinking this is the winery's flagship, Homage Syrah. An intoxicating nose of baking spices, blueberries and boysenberries leads to a palate with ample weight and plush tannins. It's complex, earthy and spicy, but with a beam of lively, just-ripe fruit from start to long-lived finish. Drink this stunning value through 2023. *Editors' Choice* (JC) Inner quote mark (3/2016)

90 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Syrah in a perfumed, otherworldly mode, this is tense and tannic with red and green spice, heady and potent. Youthfully aggressive, this needs a year or two in the cellar to mellow. Inner quote mark (10/2015)

K&L Notes

If I was taking a blind tasting exam this is the wine I would love to find in the lineup. In all my years of tasting and the tens of thousands of wines that have found their way across my palate, none have been more distinctive than great Syrah from Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. On my first trip to NZ, fresh out of college, I was immediately taken a back and equally smitten by the Syrah being produced here. The unique combination of deep, dark, inky fruit, toasted spices and the distinctive note of fresh ground black pepper is almost unmistakable to me (or at least I'd like to think so!) The Syrah from this tiny sub-region in one of NZ's warmer grape growing areas are very quickly obtaining global acclaim to the point where winemakers are pulling out Bordeaux varietals to plant the often maligned varietal Syrah. The Wine Enthusiast just published an article entitled "A New Breed of Syrah" declaring Hawke's Bay "Syrah's stronghold" and described this wine as "intoxicating", "Complex" and "a stunning value" - 93 points. Add to the equation that 2013 has been described as the "vintage of a lifetime" in Hawke's Bay was flawless weather conditions and perfect fruit. Then consider that Trinity Hill's founding winemaker Warren Gibson is one of most experience and respected men in the business and you can see why we are so head-over-heels for this wine. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2016 | Send Email
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Seriously world-class Syrah that we are offering at the best price in the country. Don't miss this offer, with huge press and astounding quality this is sure to go fast.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2026

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
If I had to teach a class on what classic syrah tastes like, this is the bottle I would use. The Trinity Hill is textbook in every way: potent flavors of crushed black pepper, violets, and delicate dark fruits. The flavors are so pure it's like the wine has been macerated with peppercorns. Plus, this is from Gimlett Gravels, one of the best syrah terroirs in the world with its rocky soils and moderate climate. The stones reflect the sun's heat and help keep the grapes warm throughout the growing season. On top of all that, 2013 was considered by all the growers in Hawke's Bay to one of the best in the region's history. Yet this wine is only $19.99. If you've ever wanted to taste real syrah without all the additional ripeness and jammy fruit, this is the wine for you. Consider it a master class in a bottle.

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