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, January 11, 2011

Rockburn 'Central Otago' Pinot Gris 2010

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris

Growing Region: Parkburn & Gibbston Valley Back Road, Queenstown, New Zealand

Winemaker: Malcolm Rees-Francis

Silver - NZ International Wine Awards 2010.

As I have said on many occasions, Central Otago with its varied topography, diurnal extremes and diverse soil types, can and are starting to produce dynamic wines from both red and white grape varieties - and this white wine is simply another exciting example.
The cool growing season in 2010 allowed for excellent flavour development and bright aromatics in the fruit. The Pinot Gris grapes have retained their natural sugars enhancing the fragrant fruit characters and nicely balanced with supple texture and firm acidity. After harvest, with the 'Parkburn' fruit being picked in April and the 'Gibbston' fruit picked in May - fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at approx 13C to retain aromatics and finesse. Then at a carefully selected point fermentation was stopped at a desired sugar/acid balance and then racked and blended.
On the nose you are greeted by bright stone-fruit notes and juicy pear aromas. The palate is vibrantly fruity and off-dry, layered over a rich, supple and a smooth texture in the mouth. A firm backbone of natural acidity leads onto a very long, fruity and clean finish. Serve at 8C.

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

Perfect wine match with Asian infused cuisine, vegetarian dishes - enjoy.


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