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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, April 26, 2011

Chapel Hill Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvedre 2008

Grape Variety: 61% Grenache, 34% Shiraz, 5% Mourvedre

Growing Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

Chief Winemaker: Michael Fragos

McLaren Vale is blessed with a select source of old bush Grenache and the predominant parcel of grapes featured in this wine are sourced from vines ranging from 10 - 40 years of age.
This carefully crafted blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre are three grape varieties that typify the unique personality and character that is the McLaren Vale region.
When brought into the winery the grapes were gently crushed and fermented on skins for a minimum of 8 days to allow a long, slow, gentle extraction. Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately to ensure each parcel was fermented to achieve its optimum potential with regards to fruit and tannin development. The wine was then matured in a combination of 83% French oak and 17% American oak for 18 months to add further complexity, mouth feel and to ensure that the pure varietal flavours were nurtured and preserved.
In the glass this wine has perfumed and rustic tones of the Grenache backbone, which is perfectly enhanced by the opulent plum flavours and a hint of black pepper of the Shiraz and a subtle dusting of cinnamon and spice notes from the Mourvedre. On the palate this wine is multi-layered with a good balance of honest fruit and oak integration and it has an exquisite lingering finish. Decant for 20mins and serve at 18C.

Drinking well this coming season; and well over the next 3-5 years.

Perfect wine match with fresh pasta dishes, spicy pizza, tapas and rich cheeses, enjoy.

An honest, well balanced fruit driven wine.


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