New Zealand reds are exciting. They’re getting better all the time. I caught this Trinity Hill Syrah – a wine I actually bought with my own money (shock!) – in a good place. It held up well over two days, although it’s a miracle that any was left for day 2.
Trinity Hill Syrah Gimblett Gravels 2006 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. Some Viognier in the blend here, and it shows a bit, although not too much. Very fine, floral and aromatic with a white pepper edge to the smooth cherry and apricot fruit. Beguiling, haunting and beautiful. The palate is fresh and smooth textured with sweet, supple cherry fruit and a peppery freshness. There’s a hint of clove, too. Elegant, pure and fine. 94/100
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