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 11, 2010

Sacred Hill 'Deer Stalkers' Syrah 2007

Grape Variety: 100% Syrah

Growing Region: Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Chief Winemaker: Tony Bish

Gold Medal, Bragato Wine Awards 2009

This handmade wine is only produced in outstanding vintages, using premium Hawke's Bay grapes from selected sites where growing and ripening conditions have come as close to perfection as nature will allow.
This particular vintage, Hawke's Bay enjoyed a good summer with plenty of hot weather at the right time and relatively low levels of rainfall. This meant that the fruit quality at harvest time was at a maximum.
The fruit was handpicked, gently de-stemmed without crushing the berries and fermented in small open top vats with hand plunging on a regular basis. Then after vinification, the wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barriques.
In the glass a deep, rich black plum red colour. On the nose you are greeted with floral spicy notes, lifted with sweet fruits that lead onto dark fruits, earthy hints with truffle nuances. The palate is rich, complex, layered and with supple integrated tannin and oak. The palate flows beautifully from front to back with seamless texture and a ripe flavoursome profile that lingers.
Decant for approx 30-45mins, serve at 18C.

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

Perfect wine match with game, roasted dishes with a wine/herb jus and rich cheeses, enjoy.


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