The Gimblett Gravels winegrowing area is a sub-region of the Hawke’s Bay of New Zealand’s North Island.
It is defined by a rather unique stony soil type deposited in the local river bed.
Trinity Hills’ wine called ‘The Gimblett’ is a blend in the Bordeaux tradition with the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc giving structure and fresh aromatics, Merlot contributing richness and mid-palate weight wwhile Petit Verdot helping with complexity, density and color.
This wine is made from Estate-grown grapes from the Tin Shed and Gimblett Stones vineyards.
2013 was a vintage that was locally qualified as ‘exceptional’ for red wine in Hawkes Bay. Summer was warm and followed by a mild autumn with very few rain events allwoing for optimal ripening conditions and harvesting date decisions.
The final blend for 2013 ‘The Gimbleet was 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc, and a humble 1% Petit Verdot.
But how good is this Bordeaux blend from the Hawkes Bay in an exceptional vintage?
The answer is in the tasting Notes:
The wine is of a dark red color.
It reveals powerful and exuberant aromas of blackcurrent, with a touch of red bell pepper (capsicum). The nose is clearly dominated by the typical Cabernet notes complemented by some earthiness, and oaky vanilla providing some complexity.
The palate has solid body, but tannins less dense than expected from the color. Although it is quite rich overall. Some drying tannins on the finish. The exuberant red berries aromas also enjoyably dominate the mouth flavors.
An enjoyable rich and fruity Bordeaux blend dominated by franc Cabernet notes and primary aromas. Nice smooth texture ending on a slightly drying and warm finish.
When to drink?
Great to enjoy now and make the most of the wine’s fruitiness and approachability. Will develop further complexity, leathery and ashy character over the next 2-3 years if you appreciate these notes and are looking for more depth.
Ideal partner for grilled meats, and summery barbecues. The fruit freshness of the wine calls for flavorsome and salty dishes and will provide a refreshing feel on rich foods. The wine being powerful in aromas, it will front tasty meat dishes or cheeses with no fear.
Find out more information about the producing winery at TrinityHill.com