Harvest is late, held back by rain I never saw. Time to scrub and spray and imagine the winery alive--augers twisting, presses inflating, pumps grinding. Soggy grapes basking in late summer heat, rediscovering their balance. Botrytis tossed aside. I get nervous. It feels like the groggy ten minutes before taking a standardized test, settling in the hard chair, arranging my pencils.
Trinity Hill "The Gimblett" 2007: Rich and soft, red berry flavors with darkness to spare. Chocolaty finish. Impeccable Merlot character and maybe the best red wine I've had in NZ so far.