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Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Viognier

Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels

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, of which 47 are in the Gimblett Gravels. The Gimblett Gravels, planted on the former bed of the Ngaruroro River, is now a highly sought after sub-region renowned for the quality of its wines, particularly those made from Syrah. The Trinity Hill wines have an elegance, balance, drinkability and precision of flavour. This estate was one of the first to plant grapes on the Gimblett Gravels in 1993.

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The Viognier 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

2012 was a cool and late season in the Gimblett Gravels. Careful attention to picking dates - this vintage lasting from the 19th of March until the 3rd of April - enabled an excellent harvest of clean and outstandingly flavoured Viognier.


Hand-harvested fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed and then immediately transferred to barrel. Fermentation with wild yeasts took place in a range of aged French oak barrels but with no new oak component. Barrel fermentation and lees ageing were to create richness and complexity. The wine also underwent partial malolactic fermentation, after which it was blended and then bottled in February 2013.

Tasting Notes

Pale yellow in the glass with a gold sheen. Distinct citrus blossom, fresh apricot and jasmine dominate the aromatics. On the palate, the rich, full and smooth texture is the defining feature of this variety. The exotic and sensual nature of this wine makes it a great substitute for Chardonnay or Pinot Gris.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Viognier
Region Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay
Alcohol (ABV) 13.8%
Acidity 5g/l
Residual Sugar 2.8g/l
Wine pH 3.77