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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 23, 2012

Pasqua 'Villa Borghetti' Valpolicella DOC 2010

Grape Variety: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone

Growing Region: Valpolicella, Italy

Winemaker: Giovanni Nordera

I've had the pleasure to visit this part of the world on two occasions, and each time I look try another local dish - and its then that the heritage behind this wine becomes clear and your palate can enjoy the subtleties in this wine. The fruit is sourced from their Villa Borghetti Estate, located between the village of Marano and Valgatara, at the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region.
Crafted from indigenous red grapes: Corvina, Rondinella and Corvinone, all grown to ripeness before being harvested and taken back to the wonderful facility and winery. As with all of the wines made by Pasqua - tradition is never lost and married well with modern winemaking at the cellars of Villa Borghetti. The grapes were macerated on their skins for 10 -12 days. During fermentation, the fruit underwent pumping over several times to encourage extraction of polyphenols and tannins, with the wine going through malolactic fermentation at the end. After filtration, the wine was placed in oak barriques where it aged for between 3-6 months, before final tasting, assembled and then bottled, where it rested in bottle for approximately 3-6 months before release.
In the glass you will be greeted by a vibrant ruby-red colour, with lively fresh aromas of currants and wild cherries and hints of spice and vanilla. On the palate all of these ripe berries and oak notes have integrated nicely to give a well balanced wine, with good mouth feel and a long, tasty finish. Decant for 20-30 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.

Drinking well this season; and will age gracefully for another 5-7 years.

Perfect wine match with fresh rich pasta dishes, duck, veal, stews and hard cheeses - enjoy.

Very approachable, with a rounded personality.



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