Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Hawkes Bay

Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay

Since its inception in 1993, partners John Hancock, who has been making wine...

in New Zealand for over 35 years, and Robert and Robyn Wilson, owners of The Bleeding Heart and The Don in London, have made Trinity Hill a byword for quality and consistency. Winemaker Warren Gibson has been with Trinity Hill since 1997. He is also in charge of the 80 hectares of vineyard owned by Trinity Hill, 47 of which are in the Gimblett Gravels and knows the Hawkes Bay and Gimblett Gravels exceptionally well. The wines reflect this, as they characterise the best of what Hawkes Bay can produce. They have an elegance, balance, drinkability and precision of flavour that makes them a joy to sell.

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The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are sourced from vineyards located throughout the Hawkes Bay area, from the sub regions of Raukawa, Porangahau, Mangatahi and Bridge Pa. The soils are free draining with low fertility and the vines benefit from prevailing hot, dry westerly winds. The carefully selected sites produced beautiful aromatic characters and acidity for the Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc. Optimal vineyard management and attention to detail allowed the grapes to be harvested at a time when the flavour profiles were at their maximum potential. The grapes were harvested over an extended time period which, when combined with the use of the range of vineyard sites, maximises the diversity of aroma and flavour.

Vintage Information

A very late beginning to the season was followed by a very warm summer and early autumn period. The warm days were also combined with warm night-time temperatures and high humidity, particularly around the 2nd half of March. It was definitely a season to be close and vigilant with the vines.


The fruit was gently pressed to produce an elegant, fruit driven wine with low phenolics. The juice was fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks to retain fresh fruit characters. Most components received a minimum of six months of lees contact in tank. A small component (10%) was fermented and aged in small 228 litre barriques to promote complexity in the blend.

Tasting Notes

Gentle flavours and aromas of lime, citrus and lemongrass complement the distinct aroma of stone fruit. A mineral element gives presence to a Sancerre-like textural character in the wine. The fresh acidity is balanced by a tiny amount of retained sweetness.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Hawkes Bay
Winemaker Warren Gibson
Alcohol (ABV) 11.5%
Acidity 6.7g/l
Residual Sugar 2.5g/l
Wine pH 3.42