About Me

Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Torbreck 'Woodcutter's' Shiraz 2008

Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz

Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia

Owner/ Chief Winemaker: David Powell

91pts, Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front.

If you are someone that enjoys good food and sharing good times with special friends - enjoy confident, well made honest wines that over deliver on fruit, flavour and length - then Torbreck wines are for you.
Like all wines in the Torbreck stable, the fruit for this 'Woodcutter's Shiraz was sourced from hand harvested and hand tended plots throughout the North-western area of the Barossa Valley. It was fermented in their cement, wooden and inox vats for approximately 6-7 days and then basket pressed into well seasoned hogsheads and French oak foudres for 12 months. It was then bottled without the use of either fining or filtration, which only adds to its appeal.
The glass is filled with a black red colour, with a deep crimson hue. On the nose a fruit basket of violets, followed by fresh liquorice allsorts, vanilla and ripe blackberries. On the palate the wine is dense, rich and opulent; this wine combines great fruit purity with texture, complexity and finesse all in equal portions.
The mouth feel is all wrapped up in velvet tannins, presenting black pepper, ripe plum and dark chocolate on the back palate that lingers nicely. A good honest medium to full bodied red wine.
Decant for 15mins - Serve at 18C.

Drinking well these coming winter months; and over the next 3-4 years.

Perfect wine match with quality red meats, wine jus, roasted vegetables, and served in a large glass, enjoy.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Rimu Grove 'Bronte' Pinot Noir 2007

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Growing Region: Nelson, New Zealand

Owner / Winemaker: Patrick Stowe

4 Stars - Michael Cooper's 2009 Buyers Guide.

If you have ever met Patrick Stowe - you will know what I mean when I describe him as a man with the passion and personality equal to that of all the cast from the stage show 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat' - all packed into a figure, that when he stands on this toes, reaches the safe height of possibly 5ft5. So with this in mind, I had a smile on my face even before I poured myself a glass of his 2007 'Bronte' Pinot Noir.
Patrick's attention to detail knows no bounds - and this is shown clearly in this wine which is a blend of four Pinot Noir clones: 10/5, 115, 667, & 777. The grapes were picked by hand and cold-soaked for 5-7 days. The wine was then fermented in small open-top fermenters and hand-plunged 3 times daily. The balanced palate weight and texture of the wine was achieved after being barrel-aged in French oak for 11 months.
In the glass you have a dark ruby colour. The bouquet has sweet ripe red fruit (raspberries and boysenberries) showing notes of forest floor mushrooms and floral aromas of roses and violets. The palate is concentrated with sweet ripe fruity flavours with juicy acidity. Well-integrated oak finished with fine-grained tannins that linger on the palate.
Decant for 15mins - Serve at approx 15-18C. *(Limited availability)

Drinking perfectly well this coming winter season; and over the next 2-3 years.

Perfect wine match with duck, lamb, pork, seared tuna, and semi-soft cheese, enjoy.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Taylors 'Jaraman' Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Growing Region: 54% Clare Valley & 46% Coonawarra, Australia

Chief Winemaker: Adam Eggins

Silver Medal - Vienna International Wine Challenge 2009.

Jaraman is the aboriginal word for seahorse and this range has been named after the fossilised remains of seahorses that were found on the family's Clare Valley estate and are present on all of the Taylors wine labels. Jaraman wines are created from the fusion of two exceptional parcels of fruit from iconic wine regions in Australia.
The result is a single variety wine which is multi-dimensional, highlighting and enhancing the nuances of both terroirs. The winemaking team of Mitchell, Adam and Helen has guided into the bottle a wine that will bring pleasure to any meal and occasion now and with patience over the next several years.
In the glass you will see a rich red colour with a bright red hue. On the nose the wine has lifted, fruit aromas of blackcurrant and morello cherry along with mint and secondary, complex aromas of dark chocolate, and mocha coffee.
The wine has ripe flavours of black cherry and cassis, followed by subtle secondary characters of cinnamon, spice and integrated cedar from appropriate French oak maturation. The palate is elegant with a long and persistent finish. Decant for 20-30 minutes and serve at 18C.

Drinking well now; and will age well for another 4-5 years.

Perfect wine match with prime cuts of red meats, jus reductions and ripe cheeses, enjoy.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Allan Scott 'Marlborough' Riesling 2008

Grape Variety: 100% Riesling

Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Winemaker: Josh Scott

I was quoted recently - describing Riesling as "a condiment with alcohol". I truly believe a bottle of Riesling should be on every New Zealand table when enjoying fresh shellfish, Asian, Pacific-rim cuisine, many vegetarian dishes and freshly tossed salads. When you serve these dishes, you finish them with a fresh squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Well Riesling is the perfect condiment/ compliment to so many fresh dishes we enjoy on a daily basis.
The fruit for this 2008 Riesling comes from the Allan Scott 'Moorlands' block, which directly surrounds the winery and contains some of the oldest Riesling vines in Marlborough. Due to their maturity this vineyard consistently produces quality fruit year after year.
As in previous years, harvesting occurred in the cool of the early morning, to retain the bright natural fruit characteristics. After pressing and the normal settling and racking process the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks, until a desired balance between fruit sweetness and acidity was achieved.
The bouquet of this wine has vibrant tones of orange blossom, limes, white stone-fruits and a hint of spice. These ripe and fruit forward characteristics continue through to the palate where the spice complexities combine with the structural components of acidity and natural sweet fruit. The result is a mouth watering finish that has a good lingering length.

Drinking perfectly well now and over the next 18-24 months.

Perfect wine match with a wide array of shellfish, sushi, sashimi and fresh salads, enjoy.
A bright refreshing wine, best served at 8C.