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 31, 2011

Grower's Mark Gisborne Malbec 2010

Grape Variety: 100% Malbec

Growing Region: Gisborne - Tietjen Block, New Zealand

Consultant: Kim Crawford

I have always enjoyed the early approachable nature of Malbec and its suitability to so many Kiwi palates and cuisine. Yes - we generally need a site with a warm, long summer and this Gisborne vineyard and the 2010 vintage was just that.
After harvesting prime fruit, the grapes had a cold soak for colour extraction for three days, then warmed up and fermented dry. Early in the fermentation the wine was vigorously pumped over to extract the rich colour and flavours without extracting too much tannin. Once fermented dry, the wine was pressed off and underwent malolactic fermentation before filtering and bottling.
In the glass you will see a deep crimson, almost black colour. Sneaking out of the glass you have an elegant, lifted floral nose with hints of violets and black Doris plums, balanced nicely with hints of toasty oak and cassis. On the blind - you might even think you have in your glass a young full bodied red of Bordeaux qualities. On the palate hints of liquorice, black Doris plum and blackberry jam fill the mouth. The wine has good tannins, and the finish has lingering sweet fruit and clean acidity.

Drinking perfectly well this summer BBQ season; and over the next 2-3 years.

Perfect wine match with a bbq'd steak sandwich, tapas, or cheese board, enjoy.

An early drinking New Zealand red wine.


1 comment:

  1. Malbec is becoming one of my favorite wines to experiment with.