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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, September 6, 2011

Paul Jaboulet 'La Chapelle' Hermitage 2007

Grape Variety: 100% Syrah

Growing Region: Rhone Valley, France

Chief Winemaker: Caroline Frey

Contrary to popular belief 'La Chapelle' is not sourced from a single parcel of Hermitage. Rather it is a masterful blend of; Les Bessards, Les Greffeux, Le Meal and Les Rocoules. The varied richness of these diverse parcels that range from 40 to 60 years of age, join together to create a wine of incredible complexity and longevity.
As you can imagine with the steepness of the site the grapes are hand-picked and brought to the base of the hill in small sleds. The selected grapes undergo a strict sorting prior to vinification. Each parcel is vinified separately and aged for 15 to 18 months or more in the cellars of the domaine, during this process the wines are also racked. Once the final blend is chosen, the wine receives additional time in barrel and is then aged in bottle prior to release to the market.
This wine is highly complex and distinguished on the nose, revealing the Syrah's great finesse. As you breath the wine in your large wine glass you have aromas of intense black fruits, sweet spices and, ultimately, finely woody. Then if you can be patient before diving in tot glass, when you plate does receive its first sip the wine is full and generous, layers upon layers of character all perfectly balanced by silky tannins and a very long persistent finish. If you wish to open this open over the next few years, please decant for at least 90mins preferably 2 hours, then serve at 18C.

Drinking well this Rugby season, but will appreciate another 15-20 years.

Perfect wine match with wagyu beef, ostrich, venison, wine jus, and good friends, enjoy.

One of the world's most revered wines.


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