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, February 6, 2012

Matawhero 'Church House' Chardonnay Musque 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay Musque

Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand

Owners: Kirsten & Richard Searle

This idyllic spot in Gisborne is more than just picture postcard memorable - but also for the wines that Richard & Kirsten Searle are nurturing back to life on this 15 hectare Matawhero Estate which has now been replanted and revitalised. The release of this new Matawhero wine continues the rekindling of this renowned label and wines. For those not up to speed - originally established in 1968 by Bill Irwin, Matawhero Wines defied expectation and made wines of boutique standing and international acclaim, changing the face of New Zealand Winemaking forever.
The Matawhero Church has graced the wine label since 1975 and the 'Church House' series, is a collection of small and unique parcels of wine, is a tribute to this historic building and inspired by the pioneering spirit of the founder. In keeping with this tradition, they have released this new Chardonnay clone, noted for its Muscat characters.
Named after the oldest building in Gisborne, the Matawhero 'Church House' Series carries on the innovative and pioneering spirit of original founder, Bill Irwin. In the glass this 'Chardonnay Musque' clone has a dramatic aroma of exotic musk, fresh spice and even tropical fruits. The palate is fresh with ripe stone-fruits, musk, spice and sweet melon. The wine has a well balanced mouth feel and a pleasant lingering finish. Chill and serve between 8-10C.

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

Perfect wine match with Asian seafood cuisine, white meats and light pasta dishes, enjoy.

An unforgettable aroma, with a ripe palate.


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