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Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Tempranillo

Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay

Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay

Since its inception in 1993, partners John Hancock, who has been making wine in New Zealand for over 35 years, and Robert and Robyn Wilson, owners of The Bleeding Heart and The Don in London, have made Trinity Hill a byword for quality and consistency...

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, 47 of which are in the Gimblett Gravels and knows the Hawkes Bay and Gimblett Gravels exceptionally well. The wines reflect this, as they characterise the best of what Hawkes Bay can produce.  They have an elegance, balance, drinkability and precision of flavour that makes them a joy to sell.

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The Tempranillo grapes come from the free draining, deep, gravel soils and microclimate of the Gimblett Gravels region. The soils are deep river gravels, left by the Ngaruroro River as it changed course over many thousands of years. Their low fertility, along with the ability to control vine vigour by controlling soil moisture, give small crops with highly concentrated flavours and aromas. Trinity Hill produces from four of their own vineyard sites within the sub-region of Gimblett Gravels.

Vintage information

2013 was an exceptional year for red wine in Hawkes Bay. A fantastic warm summer was followed by a mild autumn and very little rain. Fruit was harvested between the 21st of March and 17th of April.


Hand-harvested grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed. Once fermentation had begun the cap was gently punched down or pumped over once or twice daily during the ferment. The must was pressed soon after the ferment was completed and then aged in a mixture of stainless steel   tanks for maintaining freshness and French oak barriques for added texture. The wine was bottled in August 2014.

Tasting Notes

This wine shows attractive brambly, blackberry-like ripe fruit with spicy and exotic complextity, typical of Tempranillo. 10% of Touriga Nacional is blended in to add complexity, colour and depth. The palate is rich and textural with salivating soft tannins. Liquorice and chocolate flavours linger on the finish.  

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 91% Tempranillo
9% Touriga Nacional
Region Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay
Winemaker Warren Gibson
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.6g/l
Residual Sugar 1.95g/l
Wine pH 3.93