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, February 23, 2011

Three Paddles 'Martinborough' Pinot Noir 2009

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Growing Region: Old Cemetery Block, Martinborough, New Zealand

Owner / Winemaker: Roger Parkinson

3 1/5 Stars - Michael Cooper's Wine Guide 2011.

The local interest in Pinot Noir over the past few years has exploded and has encouraged nearly all known and potential vineyards sites to look hard at a variety and style of wine that is as varied as the people that now drink this wine.
The fruit for this wine was de-stemmed, and then underwent cold maceration prior to fermentation to gently extract colour, fruit characters and aromas. Total time of maceration took approx 18-21 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel - where Roger prefers to use tight-grained French oak barriques, (25% new). Total time in barrel was 9 months. And the finished wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
In the glass you are greeted by a deep blood-red colour. On the nose the wine exhibits typical regional characters of red berries and cherries mixed with spicy and subtle earthy notes. The palate is soft-textured with supple tannins and carries flavours of red fruits and spice through the palate to a soft and persistent finish. Serve at 16-18C.

Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the next 3-4 years.

Perfect wine match with seared tuna, salmon steaks, pasta and mature cheeses, enjoy.


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