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 27, 2012

Sacred Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Chief Winemaker: Tony Bish

Pure Gold - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011.

The 2011 Marlborough harvest was not easy - but in this glass Tony has captured some fantastic, bright varietal characters.
Sourced from their vineyard, situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, the 60 hectare 'Hells Gate' vineyard gets its name from a dramatic gorge, which is located in the headwaters of the Wairau River. The vineyard itself is situated on the banks of the Omaka River on a stony and sunny river terrace. The cool night time temperatures received in this river valley ensure that the characteristic Marlborough fruit flavours are retained as the grapes ripen in the sunny Marlborough climate.
Cool fermented in stainless steel with aromatically expressive yeasts to retain freshness and varietal expression. The wine was minimally handled through to bottling to retain purity of flavour. In the glass you will see a pale straw colour with a bright shine. The nose has lifted sweet tropical fruit notes of passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon and a hint of lemongrass. The palate is expressive, full of tropical fruity flavours that mingle with red capsicum and lemongrass, leading on to a deliciously long refreshing finish. Chill and serve at 6-8°C.

Drinking perfectly well this summer; and well into 2012.

Perfect wine match with steam or grilled white fish, Asian cuisine and summer salads, enjoy.