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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, August 9, 2011

Stonyridge 'Larose' 2008

Grape Variety: 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc

Growing Region: Waiheke Island, Auckland

Owner/ Chief Winemaker: Steve White

95 points - Robert Parker Jnr. (Advocate Sept 2009).

No one has turned the lights off - this wine is very deeply coloured. This wine has an expressive bouquet of intense fruit explosions from the five Bordeaux varieties that make up this wine. Intensely perfumed, showing notes of cassis, dark plum and dark berries, freshly ground cloves, earthy notes, with a thread of sweet after-eights chocolate mint, cedar and soft fine spices fill the nose.
The palate has a big, ripe, mouth-filling character, due to its maturation in 70% new French oak, engulfed by the huge ripe fruit. Richly flavoured and beautifully complex, with immaculate fine tannins and a confident structure - all give this wine its world class credentials. This wine is greatly concentrated with a finish that lasts and lasts, don't plan on going to bed early after opening this wine.
As it has been said - many make the mistake and look for an occasion to open and enjoy a wine like this, the opening of this wine is the occasion. Though please note - if you are forced at gun-point to open this wine in the next few years, decant for at least 45mins, and serve in a large Riedel glass at 18C.

I would start to think about drinking this wine in about 5-7yrs, it can age until 2020.

Perfect wine match with wild game, prime cuts of rich red meats, wine jus and excellent company, enjoy.


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