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 13, 2012

Rockburn 'Stolen Kiss' Rose 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Growing Region: Parkburn (Cromwell Basin) - Central Otago, New Zealand

Chief Winemaker: Malcolm Rees-Francis

I'm so glad to see that Rose wines have become a regular on New Zealand summer wine-lists, sometimes even more than one - and in Kiwi refrigerators across the country. Here is New Zealand we have access to so much fresh shellfish, Asian cuisine and salads dishes throughout summer up and down the country, what better match than with a lively Rose. This Rose was made like some many top quality wines of this style - having the juice being sourced from a multiple number of Pinot Noir fermenters. Approximately 8% of their free run juice was drained off throughout this process. This saignee juice (or bleeding of the vats) was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 12-14C to retain fresh aromatics, and was stopped short of being fermented to complete dryness (retaining some natural sugar) to further enhance the natural sweet fruit characters.
As you pour this wine into your glass, have your sunglass at the ready for the nearly florescent bright summer Rose colour will brighten any occasion. On the nose - the wine expresses primary red summer fruits, plus reminiscent of freshly spun candyfloss and wild strawberries. The palate is lively, even flirtatious (possibly hence the name) toffee apple and sweet strawberries just before you put them atop a Pavlova filled will cream; most enjoyable sipped with friends chilled on a summer afternoon and early evenings. Chill and serve at 8-9C.

Drinking perfectly well this summer; and well into 2012.

Perfect wine match with scallops, prawn salad, and fresh summer fruit desserts, enjoy.

Bright primary red fruit flavours.


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