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, December 8, 2010

Fairhall Downs Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Owner / Viticulturist: Stuart Smith

In the heat of summer, as soon as you start to offer a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to a friend, they do one of two things *(well at my house anyway). (a): they lick their lips, their senses perk up and they look forward to all that is bright and alive that is Savvy from Marlborough. Or (b): they ask if the one that I have has had any time in oak and food friendly as they may want to drink it with their meal. This wine is of the latter, plus also ticks the first box - the Small & Smith family as with everything that they do, have left nothing to chance and have handpicked a portion of the fruit for this wine from one single vineyard.
As with nearly all of the wines that come from Fairhall Downs - this wine was picked over a range of times based on grape ripeness and flavours with some hand harvested and a carefully selected portion being fermented in French barriques - for a little bit more depth to the palate. In the glass the wine has a bright appearance. The nose is a refreshing blend of citrus and tropical notes, then the small portion of barrique wine gives a rich mid palate with great texture and length to the finish. Serve at 8C.

Drinking perfectly well this summer; and over the next 6-9 months.

Perfect wine match with any firm white fish, steamed vegetables and with a goat cheese salad, enjoy.


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