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Chardonnay Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay 2022


During our 2014 tours to New Zealand, we visited Trinity Hill and met winemaker Warren Gibson.  Hawkes Bay is the best area in New Zealand to produce Chardonnay.  On the east coast of the North Island, it has loads of sunshine, and cooling sea breezes that ensure perfect ripeness in the grapes.

This harmonious wine has benefitted from time in oak barrels, on the fine lees (remnants of grapes and yeast after fermentation) that are stirred to ensure it develops a rich smooth flavour.  A creamy, buttery nose with a refreshing palate of citrus and tropical fruit, it has a long finish and smooth texture.

In our online tasting of New Zealand wines, I recommended pairing the 2016 vintage with a roast guinea fowl with a lemon and tarragon sauce.  The cheese for me with this wine is Appleby’s Red Cheshire from the Teddington Cheese.

Silver Medal Winner Decanter World Wine Awards 2023

Additional information



Major Grape Varieties



New Zealand


Hawkes Bay



Alcohol level



Vegan, Vegetarian

Bottle Size


Food matching suggestions

Citrussy/Acidic dishes, Roasts – meat or veg/pulse bakes

Cheese Matching Suggestions

Semi hard cheeses, eg Cheddar, Comté, Salty cheeses, eg Feta