Seven Golds in Six Categories for Hawke’s Bay’s Trinity Hill Winery

Trinity Hill is thrilled to announce their results from the 2021 New Zealand International Wine Show.



Trinity Hill Chief Winemaker Warren Gibson. Photo credit Simon Young. More imagery available here.

February 9 2022: Trinity Hill is excited to announce that they received three Double Gold Medals at the 2021 New Zealand International Wine Show – with four additional wines also receiving Gold. Formed in 2005, the New Zealand International Wine Show is firmly established as the largest wine competition held in New Zealand each year.

Trinity Hill’s Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2020, Hawke’s Bay “The Trinity” 2021 and Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2019 were all awarded 98 Points and earnt Double Gold status, an amazing achievement on its own, but well complemented by another four golds for the Single Vineyard 125 Gimblett Chardonnay 2020, Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2021 and the Gimblett Gravels Francesa 2016. These winning wines range from $24.99 to $120 a bottle, showcasing the breadth of skill of Trinity Hill’s winemaking and viticulture team, and their ability to produce wines for serious collectors as well as general consumers.

“Hawke’s Bay has experienced a string of outstanding vintages, combinations of very well-behaved springs, favourably warm summers plus sunny, dry autumns. The resulting wines, particularly the Syrah and Bordeaux blends, have remarkable aromatics, ripeness and texture,” say’s Trinity Hill Chief Winemaker Warren Gibson.

Trinity Hill CEO Rebecca Poynter adds, “to win seven gold medals in six different categories highlights the caliber of our wines and the Hawke’s Bay winegrowing region in general. A wide range of varietals are represented in our gold medal tally; namely Syrah, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris and Touriga Francesa, which is a native Portuguese grape unique to Trinity Hill in the Gimblett Gravels, and produces port style wines.”

Entry for the New Zealand International Wine Show is open for wines from any country and made from any grape variety. The judging team for these results was the most experienced judging team ever assembled for a wine competition in New Zealand. The 2021 competition was conducted under the Chairmanship of Bob Campbell MW, New Zealand’s most experienced senior wine judge and this country’s leading wine educator, with Assistant Chief Judges Larry McKenna, John Hancock and Tony Bish. The senior judges also involved a number of leading winemakers, several Masters of Wine and many key industry personnel. Most of the senior judges have each been involved in major wine competitions for more than a decade.

Notes to the Editor:

Trinity Hill’s Double Gold, Gold & Silver Medals:

Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Merlot 2020 (16a) – Double Gold (98 points)

Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay “The Trinity” Red Blend 2021 (16b) – Double Gold (98 points)

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2019 (18b) – Double Gold (98 points)

Trinity Hill Single Vineyard 125 Gimblett Chardonnay 2020 (1) – Gold

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2020 (1) – Gold

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2021 (7a) – Gold

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Francesa 2016 (26i) – Gold

Trinity Hill Single Vineyard Prison Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (15a) – Silver

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels “The Gimblett” 2019 (15b) – Silver

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020 (18b) – Silver

About Trinity Hill:

Our iconic New Zealand winery celebrates over 25 years of world-class winemaking in the famed Gimblett Gravels District of Hawke’s Bay. The story began as an homage to the wines of the Northern Rhone, when cuttings of Syrah from Hermitage, and Viognier from Cote Rotie, were gifted to our founding winemakers.

In 1993, having recognised the outstanding potential of the Hawke’s Bay’s Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district, Trinity Hill became one of the region’s early pioneers, planting grape vines on a barren plot which continues to produce exceptional wines today. True to our roots, we pride ourselves on crafting especially food friendly wines made from the classic varieties Hawke’s Bay has become internationally recognised for, along with a number of other innovative varieties, and using traditional techniques.

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