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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.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Montes 'Alpha' Syrah 2007

Grape Variety: 90% Syrah, 7% Cabernet & 3% Viognier

Growing Region: Apalta Vineyards, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Chief Winemaker: Aurelio Montes

90 pts - Wine Spectator: Issue: July 31, 2009

The fruit for this wine comes from 'La Finca' Estate, in the Apalta Valley, the Montes Alpha Syrah shows how suited the Apalta Valley slopes are, in providing a perfect environment to control Syrah's vines natural vigor while presenting its sort after elegance.
Crop levels were very low, with only six tons per hectare (2.4 tons per acre). After a typical vinification process, the wine was aged in French oak for one year and has had only one soft filtering.
In the glass you have an intense ruby red colour. On the nose you find ripe fruit characters of black cherries, hints of strawberries, and all combined with a smoky spiciness, which adds elegance and complexity. Aurelio has added 3% of Viognier to the final blend to enhance the wine's floral notes. The palate is powerful and full-bodied, with integrated soft and mature tannins and an elegant long finish. The French oak is well balanced and combines well with this strong, soft, velvety wine.
Decanter for at least 30 minutes. Serve at 17-18C.

Drinking well this season; and will repay another 7-8 years.

Perfect wine match with slow roasted meats and spices, also rich pasta dishes and ripe cheeses, enjoy.


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