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 4, 2010

Geoff Merrill Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Growing Region: McLaren Vale & Coonawarra, Australia

Chief Winemaker: Geoff Merrill

94 pts - Campbell Mattinson, 2010

The 2006 vintage in McLaren Vale & Coonawarra overall was quite good. It was set up well early in the growing season with good winter and early spring rains. This provided good vine canopies ideal for quality ripening. The weather then dried up at the right time, and warmed up considerably bringing ripeness almost simultaneously resulting in a very hectic few weeks for the team.
This wine is a multi-regional blend - 65% McLaren Vale with 35% Coonawarra fruit. It spends 28 months in both French and American oak - though it shows very little sign of either.
In the glass you have a very deep red with youthful purple hues. The aroma shows intense varietal characters of menthol, blackcurrant, mint and capsicum with subtle complex oak in the background. The palate is wonderfully supple and fleshy with fine firm tannins providing excellent structure. Packed with flavour, good length and well balanced acid complete this outstanding wine which will evolve and develop further with bottle maturation.
Decant for 30-40mins, serve at 18C.

Drinking well this season; and will age for another 5-7 years.

Perfect wine match with aged lamb shanks, game pie, rich pasta dishes and ripe cheeses enjoy.


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