2013 Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah, Hawke’s Bay
Appearance: very dark, nearly black with purplish red hue.
What is dominant is a very intense, fleshy fresh dark cherry character that feels very much alive, like biting in cherry just picked up off a tree in a warm spring afternoon.
There’s a pronounced floral note too: violet.
The fruit, also reminding blackberry is surrounded by spices, clove, an intense pepper tone, and vanilla. There’s a spiced chocolate fondant with berry coulis feel to this wine. Appetizing! Makes you want to dive into the palate.
An explosion of very intense berry and pepper notes as per the nose, on a surprisingly light and rather refreshing body.
It feels like relatively low alcohol for a Syrah keeping the full freshness of the red-berry fruit flavors. The wine feels dry, as are the granular tannins on the finish.
Oak is present but rather well integrated to the fruit.
When to drink?
Give this wine a couple of years for fruit and oak to come together, and for the tannins to soften up.
Then drink within 5 years to benefit fully from the fresh fruit characters. So we recommend to drink between 2017 and 2020, so the wine can probably widstand a solid 10 to 15 years ageing if you’re feeling adventurous.
A large array of foods would match this juicy wine: mild cheese, refined meats. Charcuterie. As the wine is still young, drink before meal with appetizers to enjoy the maximum freshness (of the wine and your senses). As it will evolve over the years, it will lean more and more towards matching rich mains, grilled meats and stews.
Alcohol: 12.7 %
Titratable acidity: 6.0 g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.0 g/l