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, October 11, 2011

Sacred Hill 'HALO' Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2010

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Growing Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Chief Winemaker: Tony Bish


I am the first person to remind people when tasting a wine which they know the producer - not to use previous experiences to pre-judge the wine. But with this wine I found it hard - when nearly every Chardonnay that Tony has ever made, is such a great expression of both the variety and the site from which he sources the fruit. Not to give too much away - I wasn't disappointed.
The Hawke's Bay summer ensured the vines ripened well with good varietal flavours and maturity well advanced by late February and into early March. Sacred Hill's vineyards got off to a good start, with an excellent spring and early summer period ensuring the fruit developed on strong and healthy canopies.
In the glass you are greeted by a pale gold colour. With a few swirls of the wine in your glass the wine opens to reveal a complex Chardonnay, packed with ripe peach, toasted almonds and cashew nuts round out the aroma.
On the palate the wine has a soft texture with those same peach and nougat notes along with a nutty complexity giving a good mouth feel. The fruit is ripe, rich and seductive, followed by a silky texture that dominates the mid-palate, leading to a long and lingering finish with subtle citrus notes - searching to be enjoyed with an array of cuisine matches. Serve at 10-12C.

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

Perfect wine match with rich seafood & white meat pastas, bbq chicken, pork and ripe cheeses, enjoy.

Classic Hawke's Bay Chardonnay.


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