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, January 2, 2012

Akarua 'Central Otago' Pinot Rosé 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Growing Region: Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand

Chief Winemaker: Matt Connell

Central Otago, as a viticultural region, has rapidly gained international customer and media interest for producing dynamic Pinot Noir wines. The vines at Akarua were first planted in 1996 and further vineyard development has progressed in the intervening years. Over time as vine age increased along with knowledge of their individual vineyard sites, quality has been on the rise across all varieties and styles of wine - this Rosé is no exception.
After careful harvesting, the grapes underwent a pre-ferment maceration: i.e. a cold soak for 5 days. Fermentation took place at a cool temperature of less than 13C, which has resulted in a fresh and lively rose wine.
In the glass you are greeted with a light strawberry crush colour. On the nose you will find lifted strawberry characters with hints of passion fruit. The palate is vibrant with juicy red fruits and a lively mouth feel, giving the wine a good length to the finish. As with the best Rosés from around the world - this wine has been made to be enjoyed as a young wine - chill and serve at 8C.

Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and well into 2012.


Perfect wine match with shellfish, prawn or salmon salad, and fresh strawberry desserts, enjoy.

Strawberries with alcohol in a glass, enjoy.


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