Multi-layered and complex with powerful, but ripe and round tannins, great structure. A wine that is distinctly Northern Rhone-like.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
"The team at Trinity Hill of John Hancock and Warren Gibson make a wonderfully consistent range of wines from many different varieties including montepulciano (a wine certainly worth trying), but their touch with syrah is sublime; a highly fragrant and spicy bouquet of black fruits, woodsmoke, black pepper and a hint of violets lead on to a silky, refined and thoroughly sophisticated wine that will benefit from time, but also be hard to leave alone. "
My 20 Great Reds - Ben Edwards - Wine Companion (JUN/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
The colour is a deep, vibrant crimson.
Blackberry, black pepper, savory and spice elements are prominent with meaty overtones.
The Viognier has added a lifted aromatic quality and softened the tannins, making the wine more supple and appealing. Multi-layered complexity is the aim.
Powerful but ripe and round tannins give the wine great structure. Oak aging plays a minor part and the wine lives on its fruit. Combined with the good acidity, these characteristics mean excellent aging potential. Development of mineral, earthy and tarry characters are likely during bottle aging, resulting in a wine that is in Northern Rhone-like rather than resembling anything Australian.
We would expect this wine to age 5-7 years plus with good cellaring conditions.
Great with any red meat and especially good with game, particularly venison.