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, May 24, 2011

Geoff Merrill 'McLaren Vale' Shiraz 2006

Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz

Growing Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

Winemaker: Geoff Merrill

91 pts, Campbell Mattinson, ‘The Wine Front’ 2010.

The 2006 vintage overall was quite good for McLaren Vale. It was set up well early on with good winter and spring rains. The weather dried up at the right time, and warmed up considerably before harvest, bringing many varieties to ripeness almost simultaneously resulting in a very hectic few weeks. Geoff is well known for developing his wines to perfection in the winery before release - and this wine has spent an amazing 28 months in French oak - but the wine does not taste necessarily oak driven.
In the glass you are greeted by a dark red with good clarity and depth. The aroma shows a complex blend of fresh red berry fruits, liquorice, leather, oak, earth and spice. The palate is seamless, harmonious, warm and seductive. It begins with ample ripe fruit and subtle well integrated oak which gradually fills the mouth.
Velvet tannins hold everything together nicely and the finish is long, reflective and satisfying. Decant this wine for 20-30 minutes and serve at 17-18C. *(Limited).

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

Perfect wine match with seasoned red meats, rich pasta dishes, pizza and tapas, enjoy.


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