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, April 16, 2012

Geoff Merrill McLaren Vale / Coonawarra Cabernet 2007

Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Growing Region: 75% McLaren Vale, 25% Coonawarra, Australia

Owner/ Chief Winemaker: Geoff Merrill

If you have never opened a bottle of Geoff Merrill wine, you are in for a treat. For those in the know, and who have been trying to keep Geoff's wines for themselves, I apologize again for spreading the word. But these wines are simply too enjoyable not to share with good food and friends.
The 2007 Vintage was affected by of one of the worst droughts the region has seen for a very long time. Yields were down dramatically, in some cases, so low they weren't even picked. Though the remaining fruit has extremely concentrated flavours relative to previous years, resulting in some interesting fruit flavours, solid tannin and palate structure. From a testing vintage - this is a dynamic and exciting wine. Geoff has given this wine as with every vintage, a great deal of care and attention during fermentation, then some good maturation of 23 months in American & French oak barrels.
Typical of the 2007 vintage, the colour has excellent depth and is a very dark red with hints of crimson and mahogany around the edge. The wonderful Cabernet aromas overflow from your glass. The blend of McLaren Vale and Coonawarra brings out the best in this Cabernet, showing choc-mint, violets, leather, and black olives with toasty vanilla, hazel nuts and oak characters. The palate is forward with tight with firm tannins, well balanced acid and the wine finishes on a clean lively fruit note. Decant for 20-30 mins and serve at 18C.

Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the coming 5-7 years.

Perfect wine match with a good cut of beef, pizza, pasta and hard cheeses, enjoy.

A truly honest expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.


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