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.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Matawhero 'Gisborne' Chardonnay 2009

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand

Owners: Kirsten & Richard Searle

4 Stars, Bob Campbell MW.

Gisborne is known as the first region in New Zealand to see each new day, but along with this 'first light' - it is also known as the Chardonnay Capital of NZ. The grapes for this wine were sourced from Paul and Jenny Tietjen's vineyard on Ormond road in the heart of the 'Golden Slope' region in Gisborne.
When the fruit was judged ripe by viticulturist Jeremy Hyland the grapes were machine harvest at night - to retain as much varietal notes and fresh characters. Once in the winery the grapes were crushed and gently pressed. The juice was cold settled for 36 hours, allowing it to spontaneously ferment with indigenous yeast and then cool fermented until dry. Once dry the juice went through malolactic fermentation. Once in balance the wine was stabilized to ensure the desired 'malo' characteristic's were not lost. The wine was then filtered and bottled.
In the glass you are greeted by a bright straw colour with golden highlights. The wine has a good bouquet with ripe melon and peach abound with butterscotch and fig. The palate is well balanced and expresses rich ripe fruit, with peach and an inherent creaminess and a lengthy finish. Serve at 10C.

Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and over the next 2-3 years.

Perfect wine match with grilled fish, chicken, risotto and with seasonal vegetables, enjoy.


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