Legend of wine making

Claire Rogers
All about wine

It was a privilege to catch up with John Hancock from Trinity Hill. John is a legend in wine making, having made his first wine in 1972 in the Barossa Valley.

The 2008 Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay, The Gimblett is a blend of 43 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 41 per cent Merlot, seven per cent Petit Verdot, six per cent Malbec and three per cent Cabernet Franc, clones predominantly sourced from Bordeaux.

John says the 2008 vintage was very good in the Hawke's Bay with a temperate summer, followed by a dry Indian summer, with average temperatures. This blessing allowed the fruit to be hung until it was perfectly ripe, still retaining the typical varietal characters of the grapes.

The five traditional varieties of Bordeaux, as grown in the Gimblett Gravels region of Hawke's Bay, have produced a wine of “power, elegance and complexity”, says John.
The beautiful rich red colour, the black fruits aromas and flavours are complimented by a soft mouth-filling structure and a fine-grained texture.

Great drinking now with red meats and game or cellar for up to 10 years. RRP $35. Enjoy!

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