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."
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."
4 Stars Cuisine Chardonnay Tasting, October 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"A cool approach with flint-funk and citrus aromas on the nose which flow seamlessly onto the palate with its nutty-biscotti flavours, great texture and complexity. This chardonnay is chewy with fleshy peach notes. Fantastic to see a great dry expression with presence."
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."