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, March 12, 2012

Waipara Hills 'Waipara Valley' Riesling 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Riesling

Growing Region: Waipara Valley, New Zealand

Chief Winemaker: Simon McGeorge

Another outstanding example of Riesling from Simon McGeorge - when some of us are lucky enough to have a sunny day, there is simply nothing more refreshing for the taste buds (in my opinion) than a glass of Riesling. Waipara Valley's gravelly soils and long autumn ripening conditions create the perfect scene for growing outstanding Riesling. The fruit for this wine was sourced from their 'Mound Vineyard' - where sheep casually graze amongst the vines during selected times of the year.
The vineyards under Waipara hills control are all accredited with 'Sustainable Winegrowing NZ'. The standards use best management practices to be environmentally and economically sustainable and guarantees quality assurance. After the harvest the pressed juice was naturally cold settled and racked before fermentation with a selection of yeast strains at cool temperatures 12-15C for approximately three weeks. With minimal interference and disturbance to retain all those naturally vibrant fresh characters the wine was blended and bottled.
So back to the wine in the glass - you will be greeted by inviting aromas of fresh cut apple, green melon, a touch of honeysuckle and fresh ginger - which all lead to a rich mouth filling palate. The wine has generous fruit flavours combined with crisp vibrant acidity provide a lingering and refreshing finish. Chill and serve at 8C.

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

Perfect wine match with simply cooked shellfish cuisine, Asian dishes and young cheeses, enjoy.

A most refreshing glass of wine to enjoy this summer.


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