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, August 25, 2010

Deen De Bortoli 'Vat 9' Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Growing Region: Limestone Coast region, Australia

Chief Winemaker: Steve Webber

91 pts - Nick Stock & Tyson Stelzer - Wine 100, July 2010

Deen De Bortoli created his Vat Series with the idea of developing a range of delicious; full-flavoured wines that over delivered for the price. Deen personally selected the blends and chalked the numbers on the vats to identify them - hence the name.
The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit for this wine was selected by the winemaking team and picked when both flavour and Baume levels were at their optimum. The fruit was cold soaked and fermented at 25C - 32C for an average of 7 days. The wine also underwent malolactic fermentation, and then matured in French and American oak barriques for 12 months.
The glass is filled with a deep purple with crimson hues. The nose has fragrant cassis, ripe plum with hints of mint and subtle cedar oak aromas. On the palate you find rich black fruits and sweet plum with fine grain tannins and well integrated oak makes this a soft generous wine with a good finish. Decant for 15mins. Serve at 18C.

Drinking perfectly well this season and over the next 3-4 years.

Perfect wine match with duck or rabbit, rich pasta dishes and hard cheeses, enjoy.


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