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 17, 2011

Rimu Grove 'Nelson' Chardonnay 2009

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Growing Region: Nelson - Moutere, New Zealand

Owner / Winemaker: Patrick Stowe

Nelson still seems to get forgotten by many a wine buyer - be it in their favourite wine store on perusing a wine-list. So please do whatever it takes to jog your memory next time it comes to enjoying a glass of wine and keep Nelson as an option. This Nelson Chardonnay has its own unique personality that will not only please you and your guests, but may even make you start to question which is your favourite style of this dynamic grape.
This particular wine was 100% barrel fermented in French oak. The grapes were picked by hand and carefully whole bunch pressed, followed by cool fermentation in traditional oak barriques, with the lees being routinely stirred by Patrick for 11 months.
In the glass you have a bright golden yellow colour. On the nose you are greeted by lively citrus and toasted caramel notes that excite the senses and alert the palate for things to come. In the mouth the wine is fresh and vibrant; smooth, round and generous. A nicely layered wine with elegant sweet nut and toasted oak notes shining through with mineral notes that echo on the long and impressive finish.
Serve at 10-14C.

Drinking perfectly well this season; and will age gracefully for another 3-4 years.

Perfect wine match with poultry, pork, rabbit, fish and pasta which features cream or butter, enjoy.

A Chardonnay that should be on the lips of more wine enthusiasts.


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