Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2020
Region: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Bottle size: 75cl
On the nose, this wine shows typical fresh aromatics of citrus, white flowers and stone fruits. These aromas are complemented on the palate by a creamy richness from lees ageing and roasted hazelnuts and almonds, alongside hints of gunflint from the fermentation with indigenous yeasts in barrel.
The grapes are sourced from various cool vineyard sites throughout Hawkes Bay, including the sub-regions Bridge Pa, Maraekakaho, Haumoana, Gimblett Gravels and Ohiti. The soils are free draining with low fertility and the vines benefit from prevailing hot, dry westerly winds. Yields are controlled to ensure Trinity Hill's philosophy of "quality over quantity".
Founded in 1993, by winemaker John Hancock together with Robert and Robyn Wilson, owners of The Bleeding Heart and The Don in London, Trinity Hill has become a byword for quality and consistency. In 2021, Trinity Hill was bought by a group of New Zealand private investors who are passionate about the wine industry, including Director, Mitch Plaw and his business partners, Craig Turner, Mark Sandelin and Michael Nock. Winemaker Warren Gibson has been with Trinity Hill since 1997. He is also in charge of the 80 hectares of vineyard owned by Trinity Hill and knows Hawkes Bay and the Gimblett Gravels exceptionally well. The wines reflect this. Warren and his team make wines that show the best of what Hawkes Bay and the Gimblett Gravels can produce.