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 30, 2012

Kaesler 'Stonehorse' Shiraz 2009

Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz

Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia

Chief Winemaker: Reid Bosward

I look forward to winter for many reasons, and opening a generous, fruit driven bottle of Stonehorse Shiraz just makes my taste buds smile even more. This wine as with most of Reid's wines is crafted to make styles that emphasise fruit characteristics with complementary barrel development. The time in oak is designed to support and add structure to the palate without compromising the approachability of the wine in its youth.
This wine was fermented at a temperature between 22-24C in stainless steel tanks and then transferred to mixture of some new and older oak barrels. After alcoholic fermentation, it also underwent complete malolactic fermentation. It was racked post MLF, and then returned to barrel, where it matured for 12 months. The average age of the oak barrels was about 3 years old. This has resulted in a hint of oak through the wine but still allowing the fruit to dominate. A blend of 5 different vineyards also gives this wine more personality than first greets the senses.
In the glass don't be afraid from the inky bright crimson with a dark centre and a youthful edge that looks to overflow in your wine glass. On the nose you will be confidently welcomed with black cherries, dark fruits of the forest and hints of cassis & spice. On the palate the wine is full bodied with a supple mouth feel. Dark berry characters, spice box and liquorice mingle on the palate continuing onto a long and persistent finish. Decant for 30-40mins and serve at 17°C.

Drinking perfectly well this winter; and over the next 5-7 years.

Perfect wine match with roasted lamb, wild pork, meat stews and rich cheeses - enjoy.

As with the winemaker, generous in its personality.


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