Gold Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay, often referred to as the Black Label, is consistently one of the very best to come out of Hawkes Bay yet the pricing has stayed surprisingly reasonable.
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Fruit flavours are in the cool to moderate spectrum of citrus, white flowers, ripe grapefruit and melon. The style is mid-weight with elegant oak nicely tucked in, providing texture and lingering flavours of cashew, roasted almond and gun flint. The structure has a tight shape with the finesse and concentration that are hallmarks of Trinity Hill Chardonnay. It displays delicacy but richness and the beautifully linear acidity makes it a fantastic match with food. An excellent partner with white meats and seafood dishes. Drink 2018 to 2025."
95/100 Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Vibrant citrus and stone fruit with vanilla and lemon zest. A touch of toasty oak and spice on the palate but fresh acidity and a citrusy finish."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"A stylish chardonnay; the elegantly fragrant bouquet shows ripe stone fruit, lemon peel, oatmeal and vanilla characters, followed by a wonderfully weighted palate that is creamy and persistent. The wine offers youthful charm and rounded mouthfeel, finishing lingering and succulent. Complex, refined and seductive. At its best: now to 2022."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"The winery's flagship 'black label' Chardonnay from Hawke's Bay is typically intense and finely structured. Grown in the Gimblett Gravels and fermented and matured for a year in French oak puncheons (30 per cent new), the 2017 vintage is already drinking well. Bright, light yellow/green, it is fragrant, rich and youthful, in a tight, elegant style, with balanced acidity, vibrant, peachy, slightly toasty flavours, showing excellent complexity and concentration, and a long, harmonious finish."