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.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Geoff Merrill 'Fleurieu' Cabernet / Shiraz 2008

Grape Variety: 57% Cabernet & 43% Shiraz

Growing Region: McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek, Australia

Chief Winemaker: Geoff Merrill


The 2008 vintage was not easy for anyone in the region. One of the many challenges faced during the vintage was the incredible heat wave that affected South Australia and the flow-on affect associated with it.
The growing season began well, with many in the McLaren Vale announcing it would be one of the greatest vintages in recent memory - however once the heat wave struck, conditions rapidly changed, with the early ripening varieties and those well cared for vineyards producing some exciting flavours. After careful management and selective harvesting Geoff and his team have been able to craft another flavour packed wine.
In the glass you have a vibrant, deep red colour with a youthful purple hue. The aroma shows both the grape varieties well, with ripe berry fruits, spice, hints of capsicum, liquorice and black pepper all supported nicely by subtle oak. The palate has a very inviting and well balanced mouth feel with good depth of rich fruit, a well structured mid palate with firm clean tannins and a flavour filled finish. Decant for 30mins and serve at 18C.


Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and over the next 3-4 years.


Perfect wine match with tapas, pizza, pasta and the great kiwi summer BBQ, enjoy.

A fruit forward wine, ready to please.


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