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, July 30, 2012

Brookfields 'Hillside' Syrah 2010

Grape Variety: 100% Syrah

Growing Region: Hillside Vineyard, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Owner/ Chief Winemaker: Peter Robertson

I have been visiting Brookfields for nearly 25 years, and in that time I have seen Brookfields develop and mature into a world class wine brand. Peter has been quietly crafting his wines with a clear approach to making wines that are approachable in their youth and the ability age. This unique expression of Syrah is a perfect example of this confidence in his vineyard, and the quality wine that Hawke's Bay can produce. This special site is a north facing slope, the Hillside vineyard is located in the heart of Hawke's Bay, enjoying optimum sun exposure and just enough rain to ensure grape development. It has been noted by those in the know - as a 'Perfect spot, 'terroir' for Syrah'.
The harvested fruit with its intense flavours was destemmed, crushed and fermented in open fermenters at warm temperatures to achieve desired colour and tannin extraction. Following pressing, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was then racked into new French oak, where it matured for nearly 13 months - then bottled at the winery.
In the glass you a greeted by a dark red, almost black colour. The wine has an opulent bouquet, full of dark plums, freshly ground pepper, spice and toasty oak. The palate amplifies the aromas and is packed with rich dark fruits, spice, pepper, and integrated oak notes. There is weight and intensity in this robust Syrah thus resulting in a well balanced wine and giving good palate length to the finish. Decant for 45 minutes and serve at 17C.

Drinking well this winter season; and will age gracefully for another 8-10 years.

Perfect wine match with venison served medium rare and roasted vegetables, enjoy.

One of the world's most generous of wines.


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