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 20, 2011

Lake Chalice 'Raptor' Chardonnay 2010

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Owner/ Winemaker: Chris Gambitsis

Gold Medal - NZ International Wine Comp. 2011.

The 2010 Raptor Chardonnay was sourced from two very special sites. Two thirds of the fruit come from Peter and Ann Reeds vineyard in the Wairau Valley (and picked on the 1st of April) and one third from Hamish and Fiona Turners Awatere vineyard site (picked on the 18th of April).
After crushing and a light pressing the juice was barrel fermented in a mixture of new and one year old French oak barrels. Two thirds of the barrels were allowed to go through a 'wild ferment' without the inoculation of a cultured yeast. Full malolactic fermentation followed with 10 months maturing on light lees before blending and bottling in March 2011.
The result is a full bodied Marlborough Chardonnay with aromas of white peach, nectarine and underlying hints of nuts and spice. The palate is full and at the same time elegant and creamy with well balanced lively acidity that leads to a bright and persistent finish. Serve at 13-14C.

Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and will age for 4-5 years.

Perfect wine match with fresh chicken fettuccini, smoked ham and creamy cheeses, enjoy.


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