Our story began in 1987 when John Hancock met Robert and Robyn Wilson in their London restaurant Bleeding Heart. Over a bottle of John’s award-winning Chardonnay, the concept of a Hawkes Bay winery was born. They were convinced they could produce world-class red wines as well as white in this region of New Zealand. John recognised the outstanding potential of Hawkes Bay’s Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district and in 1993 Trinity Hill became one of the region’s early pioneers, planting grape vines on a barren plot on the former bed of the Ngaruroro River. John owner of Trinity Hill is one of the most charismatic personalities in the New Zealand Wine Industry with more than 35 years of experience in New Zealand, Australia and France, He graduated from the noteable Roseworthy College in South Australia in 1973. As founding winemaker for one of New Zealand’s early wine successes, Morton Estate, John produced a number of award-winning wines, including the best Chardonnay in the World at the Wine Magazine’s International Wine Challenge. His subsequent experience working with top wine houses in the Rhone and Burgundy, has been a touchstone of wine styles to come from Trinity Hill; respect for the old, tempered with belief in the new. His vintages at Tain L’Hermitage in the Rhone with the late Gerard Jaboulet were the genesis of the now iconic Trinity Hill Homage Syrah.
This label is only produced in those years which make wine of sufficient quality to meet our stringent demands. The previous vintages of this wine have become highly collectible and Homage is already one of New Zealand’s most iconic and internationally recognized labels. This label has won 38 gold medals. A wine that is powerful, but still elegant and fragrant. It will mature into a beautiful wine, with elements of black fruits such as plum, blackberry, cherry and cassis. The wine shows great elegance, with concentration and weight. The structure is tight and tense, which will allow the wine to age gracefully for many years.