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 30, 2012

Lake Chalice 'Marlborough' Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Growing Region: 4 selected sites in Marlborough, New Zealand

Owner/ Winemaker: Chris Gambitsis

Pure Elite Gold - Air NZ Wine Awards 2011.

Like a number of established wineries in Marlborough - Lake Chalice crafts their 'estate' Sauvignon Blanc not just from one site, harvested on one single day. But from a number of carefully selected sites that add unique personality to the wine, while at the same time drinkability in its youth. The fruit for his wine was sourced from the Talon Vineyard in Grovetown which this vintage made up approx 50% of the blend. The balance coming from three other vineyards in the Grovetown and Rapaura districts of Marlborough's Wairau Plain.
Because of this attention to detail - all of the grapes were harvested in peak condition. Then transported promptly to the winery and pressed without delay to enable minimal skin contact. Cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks using selected aromatic yeasts. From a total of 13 different vineyard/tank parcels, this particular blend is from seven carefully selected tanks to make up this 2011 Lake Chalice 'Black Label' Sauvignon Blanc.
In the glass in find a straw gold with green hints around the edge. The bouquet in dominated by the aromas of blackcurrant and grapefruit. The wine is crisp, with a medium bodied mouth feel, dry, refreshing and elegant palate. Mouth-watering acidity is balanced by a subtle mineral note on the lingering finish. Best served between 8-10C.
Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and throughout 2012.

Perfect wine match with fresh fish, Asian & Vegetarian cuisine and summer salads, enjoy.


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