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 12, 2010

Nugan Estate 'Parish' Shiraz 2008

Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz

Growing Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia

Winemaker: Daren Owers

Trophy - Decanter World Wine Awards 2010.

Daren Owers has made a positive impact on the wines coming out of Nugan Estate over the past few years. In June of 2003 Daren took on the position of chief winemaker when it became available, after only being with the company since 1999. Just 2 years into the role he was named the winner of 'The Wine Society Members' Choice Award in 2005, and since then has produced a number of outstanding wines, and this award winning Shiraz is another in the long line of achievements both Daren and Nugan are achieving on the international stage.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from their McLaren Vale 'Parish' vineyard. After harvest, the grapes were crushed, yeast added and then carefully pumped over in the traditional manor to avoid the extraction of bitter tannins. The wine was then transferred into a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak for fermentation, followed by 24 months maturation prior to the final blending and bottling.
In the glass you are greeted by a deep red with a bright purple hue. The wine has a confident bouquet - packed with ripe cherry and plum notes melded with dark chocolate, vanillin and a hint of spice. The palate is rich and full bodied; this Shiraz displays a powerful concentration of juicy dark plum characters, mocha chocolate, black pepper and earthy notes, and a persistent finish. Decant for 20-30 minutes - serve at 18C.

Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and will age for another 4-5 years.

Perfect wine match with prime meats, BBQ'd or well seasoned dishes and a ripe cheese, enjoy.


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