2013 Trinity Hill "The Gimblett" Bordeaux Blend Hawke's Bay (Black Label)

SKU #1250480 96 points Raymond Chan

 Very dark, deep, near saturated black-hued purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. This has a very firmly concentrated, elegantly proportioned nose with aromas of black-berried fruits along with liquorice, black plums, tar and iron-earth notes, revealing fragrant block florals, herbs, spices and lead pencil elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated with a core of ripe blackberry fruit entwined with complexing blackcurrant, plum, tar and earth detail. The wine shows very fine-grained tannin extraction and structure supporting the fruit, and soft acidity lends a gentle liveliness and energy, carrying the wine to a long, linear finish of blackcurrants, herbs, tar and pencilly oak. This is an elegant, grainy-structured Bordeaux-varietal blend with black fruits, tar and earthy complexities. Serve with lamb, beef and venison, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 7-10 years. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot from the company’s ‘Tin Shed’ and ‘Gimblett Stones’ vineyards, hand-picked and fermented to 13.4% alc., the wine undergoing 3 weeks cuvaison and aged 16 months in 30% new French oak barriques.

95 points Sam Kim

 This is awesome. The wine is filled with dark plum, blueberry, spice and cedar characters with a touch of dried herb complexity, beautifully supported by silky, supple mouthfeel and outstanding fruit concentration. Tannins are fine, polished and delicately drying, and seamlessly integrated. A stunning wine destined to evolve magnificently. At its best: 2016 to 2023.

92 points Bob Campbell

 Ripe berry, blackcurrant flavours with the Cabernet Sauvignon component clearly dominating. Although firmly structured, the wine is accessible now (best with food) but will develop well.  (4/2015)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Bordeaux varieties thrive in this coastal gravel quarry, as they do in the deep river- stone promontories of the Médoc. This wine blends Cabernet Sauvignon (40 percent) with Merlot and Cabernet Franc (plus one percent Petit Verdot). It has the supple power this sort of soil can bring to wine, the fruit glowing red while the tannins seem to glisten with details of pebbles of all colors. Cedar, cranberry and red-apple-skin flavors last, and will only gain detail as the wine ages.  (10/2015)

91 points Decanter

 Attractive and quite complex bouquet with a mix and harmony of aromas between blackberry fruits and dark plums. Lovely purity and freshness with blackcurrant and red plum notes on the palate. Firm and bold style with powdery tannins.

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Blended of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2013 The Gimblett has a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of crushed blackberries, wild blueberries and blackcurrants with a cedar and mocha undercurrent. Medium-bodied with a great intensity of ripe black berry flavors and good amount of oak still apparent, it has a firm backbone of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing long with some spices coming though. (LPB) 91+  (3/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This blend of four Bordeaux varieties (40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot) is reasonably full in the mouth, with subdued aromas of blackberry and cola. Dark berry, earth and mocha flavors finish long and velvety. Drink now-2025. (JC)  (3/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Glowing mid crimson. Very light perfume - distinctive in the Gimblett Gravels context. Beautiful tannin management. Tastes as though at least one component got really quite ripe. Intriguing blend that finishes bone dry. Seems to build towards the finish. I should imagine this wine will age particularly well, and that it will develop a bouquet eventually. Whistle clean.  (11/2015)

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2017 | Send Email
Hawkes Bay has become one of my favorite places in the world for Bordeaux varietal wines. In the right hands you can get everything, ripe fruit, rich texture, complexity, fine earthy tones, and freshness. It is the perfect marriage of the old world and the new. Trinity hill is the right hands! Dark berries and fruits, a dusting of mocha, earth and tobacco, polished tannins and enough acidity to give lift to all of the flavors. My favorite "bordeaux" right now!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
One of the finest Bordeaux-style blends you will find anywhere on the planet at this price point. Oh...and it's from the best vintage this region has ever experienced. And from a winemaker regarded by his peers as one of the very best in the business having crafted multiple 100-point wines in the past few years. Need I go on? Did I mention that we have the best pricing in the country? This is a serious wine built with power and structure; packed full of dark fruit, briary notes, gravelly minerals, shaved cedar, pipe tobacco. Stylistically this sits somewhere between Napa Cab and Left Bank Bordeaux...but really it's pure Gimblett Gravels...a terroir that I believe commands just as much respect as either of the aforementioned regions. Drink now with a bone-in rib-eye or cellar for 10 years comfortably.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2017 | Send Email
This is a rockin' Bordeaux Blend for the incredible sub-$20 price point and an incredible steal given the scores on this guy! Hawke's Bay is absolutely killing it with the Bordeaux reds they are putting out right now and Trinity Hill is one I will go back to easily time and time again because of their consistently phenomenal wines. This blend is structured, yet approachable, with deep fruits and a subtle earthiness. Wonderful any night of the week, no need to hold this one for a special occasion, though it would be welcome there as well.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2017 | Send Email
The term "Bordeaux blend" is entirely apropos here because the new Trinity Hill "Gimblett" is very much like a restrained and elegant Pessac-Leognan, but for a smashing price of $19.99. There's a deepness and richness of black fruit from the Cabernet, a faint mineral note from the stony soils (a la the Graves), and a plushness from the Merlot that rounds out the finish. It's a finely balanced blend, and one that showcases the potential of Hawke's Bay as a serious destination for claret. Try this on your next steak night and see what you think.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

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.