Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

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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All Chardonnay grapes were sourced from the sub-regions of Raukawa, Haumoana, Bridge Pa Triangle and the Gimblett Gravels. The soils are free draining with low fertility and the vines benefit from prevailing hot, dry westerly winds. The final blend is comprised of Chardonnay clones 15, 95 and Mendoza. Yields are controlled to ensure Trinity Hill's philosophy of "quality over quantity".

Vintage Information

2015 was a great vintage for Hawkes Bay with a warm growing season and a typically dry, late summer – perfect for Chardonnay allowing fruit to reach optimal maturity.


The grapes were sourced from four uniquely different vineyards sites in Hawkes Bay, each harvested separately and then gently pressed without crushing or de-stemming. This helped to discourage phenolic pickup and improved the texture and ageing ability of the wine. The winemaking included fermentation with both indigenous yeast and malolactic fermentation and ageing for 10 months in French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Typically fresh aromatics of quality Hawkes Bay Chardonnay are evident, including citrus, white flowers and stone fruit. These are complemented on the palate by a creamy richness from ageing on lees. Roast hazelnut, almond and hints of gunflint result from the indigenous fermentation in barrel. The wine displays delicacy yet richness and is a fantastic match with many dishes.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Hawkes Bay
Winemaker Warren Gibson
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.6g/l
Residual Sugar 0.44g/l
Wine pH 3.42