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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, January 23, 2012

Brookfields 'Robertson' Pinot Gris 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris

Growing Region: Ohiti Estate, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Owner/ Winemaker: Peter Robertson

I have been visiting Brookfields since the first vintage of this wine back in the late 80's - yes, for 20 plus years. So I am confident in the fact that I can give you an honest insight into this wine, being arguably New Zealand's most dynamic Pinot Gris. A predominant portion of the fruit comes from Ohiti Estate, which is situated in an inland heat trap on the bed of the old Ngaruroro River. Planted and carefully nurtured on arid alluvial soils, the Pinot Gris vines have no concerns with ripening, and producing fruit packed with flavours, good character and balanced acidity.
The fruit was picked in the early evening, on arrival at the winery; the parcels were pressed as soon as possible. The free run juice was kept separate from the pressings. After cold settling overnight, the clear juice was inoculated with an aromatic yeast and fermented at cool temperatures to retain vibrant characters. Following completion of fermentation, the wine remained on its gross lees for palate texture and flavour enhancement.
In the glass you are greeted by a pale straw colour. The nose of the Pinot Gris has benefited from the cooler temperatures with good fruit intensity evident and leaping from the glass. On the palate Nashi pear dominates, with hints of wild honey playing a balancing role on the back palate. There is a subtle residual sweetness to this wine which makes the 'Robertson' Pinot Gris a pure delight to share with some many occasions. Serve at 8-9C.

Drinking perfectly well this summer; and for another 2-3 years, if you can wait that long.

Perfect wine match with Asian cuisine, flavoursome seafood dishes and cheese selection, enjoy.

Arguably New Zealand's most dynamic Pinot Gris.


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