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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.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Nga Waka 'Martinborough' Pinot Noir 2010

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Growing Region: Martinborough (Parkinson & Old Cemetery Blocks), New Zealand

Owner/ Winemaker: Roger Parkinson

This is one of my crystal ball moments, as I am not encouraging you to find the best in this Martinborough Pinot Noir in the next year or so. That would be totally miss representing this wine, the honesty, integrity and quality of Pinot Noir that Roger has crafted here with his 2010 vintage. But it would be remiss of me not to give you a heads-up on buying this wine now before it's all gone and find a prime place in your cellar.
The theme song for the 2010 vintage, as Roger states with apologies to the band 'Dragon' must be "April Sun in Martinborough". Looking at the season, it is the 2-month periods at both the start (2 of the coolest months on record) and end (seemingly endless fine, warm weather) of the growing season that has given this wine its unique personality. Harvested two weeks later than normal, in mid-April at 24.6 Brix.
After respectful winemaking and attention to detail we have come to expect from Nga Waka. In the glass I was greeted by a rich, luscious and powerful Martinborough Pinot Noir showing dark summer fruit flavours and subtle spice notes. The mouth feel has balanced tannins and subtle, refined oak from barrel maturation in French oak. The finish is persistent and will develop into a very more-ish wine. If you can't wait, decant for 45-60 mins and serve at 16C.


Drinking perfectly well from 2013 through to 2020.


Perfect wine match with herb crusted lamb rack, duck, foie gras and creamy cheeses, enjoy.

One of New Zealand's most complex style of Pinot Noir.


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