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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, October 4, 2011

Ti Point 'Matriarch' Syrah 2010

Grape Variety: 100% Syrah

Growing Region: Matakana, New Zealand

Owner/ Winemaker: Tracy Haslam

Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2011.

TASTING NOTE:
Ti Point Estate enjoyed a relaxed and enjoyable vintage - as 2010 turned out to be a sensational vintage for the Matakana Region. The near drought like conditions that the vines experienced, produced amazing fruit which was harvested at its optimum condition.
The grapes were able to reach their full potential, and the clean bunches were then handpicked, chilled and destemmed. Fermentation took place for 9 days and then underwent 2 weeks post ferment maceration. A basket pressed was used to gently press the fruit and then aged for 10 months in new, one and two year old oak barrels. The wine was then minimally fined with egg whites and filtered through a rock-stopper to avoid any finer filtration.
In the glass the wine displays a rich ruby red colour. The exceptional Syrah fruit has produced a wine that is rich in both aromas and flavours. On the nose savoury, earthy aromas are enhanced with hints of exotic dried herbs. The palate has a rich, velvety texture that is completed by a peppery, spicy finish. The soft tannins that are integrated with a good acid structure, give the wine a wonderful length and persistence to the finish. A Syrah that will only continue to improve with age - if you can hold yourself back. Decant for 30mins and serve at 16-17C.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking well this coming summer; and over the next 5-7 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with roast chicken, rabbit, lamb and rich cheeses, enjoy.


 

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