Swapping Sauvignon for Syrah in New Zealand

By James Lawrence

Trinity Hill’s chief winemaker Warren Gibson talks about New Zealand’s varied climate and the Rhône roots of the Homage Syrah.

What was your childhood like?

Pretty relaxed. I’m the last child of five, so my conception was most likely an accident. My parents were involved with the land. First as dairy farmers, then sheep and beef, then horticulture, kiwifruit, avocados, citrus, etc. However, both my brother and I had no real interest in what our parents were doing. A couple of my sisters perhaps a little more so. Being number five child I think my parents were pretty hands-off with me. Apparently I was spoilt. I played lots of sport and had no real worries.

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