Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir

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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Vineyards

Fruit for the Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir is sourced from the Esprit Vineyard and Mangaorapa Station. These two vineyard sites are situated significantly south and inland of the Heretaunga Plains. Soil types include argylite, sandstone, limestone and sandy loam. The clones used are Abel, 115, 667, 777 and MV6.

Vintage Information

The 2016 growing season began with a cool spring, meaning a later than average season, but the period between early January and mid-March saw a rare string of consistently warm days. Early ripening varieties such as Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc show excellent fruit concentration and richness.

Vinification

Gentle handling of the fruit from harvesting through to fermentation helped retain the fresh primary fruit aromas typical of the variety. Each individual vineyard parcel was harvested separately with the majority of batches then de-stemmed prior to fermentation. Approximately 20% of the fruit was fermented as whole bunches including traditional foot stomping in open top fermenters. This component aids in the retention of freshness and complexity. Maturation in the cellar was for eight months in a combination of small 228 litre barriques and stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes

Primary aromas of fresh raspberry, plum and brambly spice are evident on the nose. On the palate, the wine shows soft, velvety tannins and will develop complex forest-floor and earthy characters with bottle age.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Hawkes Bay
Winemaker Warren Gibson
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%