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, June 25, 2012

Montes 'Alpha' Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Grape Variety: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot

Growing Region: Apalta vineyard, Santa Cruz, Chile

Chief Winemaker: Aurelio Montes

This is a true expression of quality Chilean winemaking. The fruit is sourced 100% from Montes famous Apalta vineyard, reputed to be the best for red wines - and one of the most recognized wines of Chile. The first wine Aurelio Montes crafted under his new label was the 'Alpha' Cabernet Sauvignon 1987, which became the first premium Chilean export wine and it opened for Montes and for Chile, a path of success, which other wineries quickly followed.
This 2009 expression - after being carefully aged for 12 months in French oak. The wine shows great complexity, balance, with firm tannins and a remarkable personality. In the glass you will be greeted by a rich ruby red coloured wine. The nose shows a mix of elegant and complex aromas of blackcurrant, chocolate, black pepper and cigar box aromas, its affinity with oak lends vanilla and coffee notes, a wine in perfect balance of real finesse and character - and that is just on the nose.
Then on the palate this wine shows great complexity, a full bodied and balanced mid palate, with classical Cabernet characters, with integrated but confident tannins with a full, long and persistent finish. Decant for 45-60mins and serve at 18C.

Drinking well this winter season; and will age well for another 7-9 years.

Perfect wine match with wild game, richly flavoured meats dishes with wine jus and roasted vegetables, enjoy.

A wine in perfect balance of real finesse and class.


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