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 (2019 Vintage)
"An excellent, warm summer allowing for superb flavour development and concentration. The juice was fermented and aged in French oak 500 litre puncheons for 12 months. White flowers, grapefruit and cashew flavours combine to give the balance, finesse and concentration that are hallmarks of Trinity Hill Chardonnay. The wine will continue to improve for a further 3-6 years. Excellent partnered with white meat or seafood dishes."
5 Stars & Top 10 Cuisine NZ Chardonnay Tasting, August 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"The nose on this wine presents a lovely melody of citrus, ripe white peach and savoury cashew and it has just enough flintiness to add intrigue. This is a beautifully elegant chardonnay that absolutely delivers on the palate. It has a subtle power that has been crafted through intelligent handling by the winemaker of exquisite acidity and oak balance providing great length and moreishness."
Metro Magazine Top 10 Wines for 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"A showstopping chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay stalwart Trinity Hill and its powerhouse winemaking team of Warren Gibson and Damian Fischer. The Gimblett Gravels is often pegged asa red-wine area, but with good yield and canopy management, whites can really flourish here, too.This is a modern—for want of a better pigeonhole—style of chardonnay with lingering acidity and notes of reduction on the nose (struck match).This wine still retains chardonnay’s charm, too,with great use of oak. “Pear, apple, oak, butter,brioche, delish,” said Nikki Weir."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, December 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"A splendid rendition of the variety; the complex bouquet shows white flesh nectarine, fig, vanilla, hazelnut and subtle flinty notes, leading to a concentrated palate that is superbly weighted and expansive. The wine offers gorgeous textural mouthfeel, finishing persistent and refined. At its best: now to 2023."
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."