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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.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cecchi 'Bonizio' Sangiovese 2008

Grape Variety: 90% Sangiovese and 10% other red varieties

Growing Region: Maremma-Tuscany, Italy

Chief Winemaker: Andrea Cecchi

A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit the vineyards in Maremma on the coast of the Tuscany region, where Cecchi have planted vines and it was evident to see their deep knowledge and understanding of the Maremma terroir and the selection of the most suitable clones have lead to this Sangiovese based wine. This is a region whose characteristics guarantee a full and constant ripening of the Sangiovese grapes.
After harvesting these ripe grapes, traditional winemaking took place with controlled temperatures. Fermentation was in small and medium sized stainless steel tanks. The fermentation temperature hit 28C for approx 18 days, then after bottling the wine was allowed to rest in bottle for a minimum of 3 months before release.
In the glass the wine is a ruby red colour with purple reflections. The wine has a bright bouquet with features that recall the ripe dark cherry with hints of black plums. This attractive wine has the strong characteristic note of Sangiovese produced by the vineyards location near the coast.
As soon as you take your first sip the wine is full and immediate on the palate, it has a typical fruity note of Sangiovese di Maremma. A wine to enjoy young and has good potential for aging.
Best served at approx 16C.

Drinking perfectly well this winter; and will age well for another 2-3 years.

Perfect wine match with cured meats, salamis and meat based dishes and ripe cheeses, enjoy.
A wine to share with flavoured foods and good friends.


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