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, September 27, 2011

Chakana 'Reserve' Malbec 2010

Grape Variety: 100% Malbec

Growing Region: Agrelo (Lujan de Cuyo), Mendoza, Argentina

Consultant Winemaker: Alberto Antonini

I simply enjoy the honesty of these wines. Every bottle I have tried since coming across this brand several years ago have excited the taste buds and matched some many cuisine moments. The fruit for this wine comes from grapes grown on a 150 hectare estate in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo - Mendoza at 960 metres above sea level.
After all the fruit was carefully hand harvested and in the winery. The fruit underwent two days of cold maceration on skins in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. Fermentation took place for 12 days with selected yeasts at 26C combined with pigeage and delestage to enhance fruit extraction and soft tannins. Malolactic fermentation took place and then maturation for 12 months in oak barrels (50% French and 50% American).
The result is a deep red coloured wine with violet hints. On the nose you will find ripe plums and other dark fruits, exotic spices, with hints of violet and rich chocolate. All of these characters carry through onto the palate - which expresses these lovely elevated fruit and spice tones with well balanced tannins, giving the wine a persistent finish. Decant for 30-40mins and serve at 16-18C.

Drinking perfectly well this season; and will age for another 7-8 years.

Perfect wine match with BBQ'd, roasted and smoked meat dishes, and hard cheeses - enjoy.

Setting the standard for Malbec.


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