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The Gimblett Trinity Hill (Bordeaux Blend) 2018

£23.00

We visited Trinity Hill during our 2014 tours to New Zealand, and met winemaker Warren Gibson, who has been with Trinity Hill since 1997.  A pioneer of the famed Gimblett Gravels – free draining soils too interfertile to support economic sheep raising, that were rescued in the 1980s from a cement factory by some determined wine growers.

Gimblett Gravels is widely regarded as the best place for Bordeaux varieties in New Zealand.  Its gravelly soils and maritime location are similar to the Médoc, although it is significantly sunnier.  This is a fabulous expression of the Cabernet grapes that make up the majority of the blend (Sauvignon 42%, Franc 41%) – violets, blackcurrant, bramble, capsicum, pencil shavings, while Merlot (14%) rounds it out and softens the tannins.  4% Malbec and 16 months in French barriques complete the authentic Bordeaux approach.  At our March 2021 Teddington and Richmond Wine Society tasting of New Zealand wines it was really impressive.

A rare steak, bernaise sauce and a piece of Comté cheese would do very nicely.

 

Additional information

Colour/Style

White

Major Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Country/Region

New Zealand

Region

Hawkes Bay

Dry/Sweet

Dry

Alcohol level

12-13.5%

Winemaking

Conventional, Vegan, Vegetarian

Bottle Size

75cl

Food matching suggestions

Steak/Rare roasts (or veggie roasts)

Cheese Matching Suggestions

Semi hard cheeses, eg Cheddar, Comté