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, August 27, 2012

Chakana 'Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Growing Region:  Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo - Mendoza, Argentina
Consultant Winemaker:  Alberto Antonini
If you have been searching for an early drinking, fruit forward, flavoursome, well balanced, food friendly Cabernet Sauvignon -  look no further than this honest, expression from Chakana. It has to be repeated that every bottle I have tried since working with this brand for several years now, have excited the taste buds of my friends and matched many a cuisine moment. The fruit for this wine comes from grapes grown on Chakana’s 150 hectare estate in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo - Mendoza at 960 metres above sea level.
The grapes for this wine were carefully hand harvested and taken to the winery. The fruit underwent two days of cold maceration on skins in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. Fermentation took place for 12-14 days with selected yeasts at 26°-28°C combined with pigeage and delestage to enhance fruit extraction and soft tannins. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation and was matured for 12 months in French oak barrels.
As you pour the wine into your glass, you will be greeted by a bright, rich red colour. On the nose, aromas of cherry and cassis with delicate notes of mint-chocolate. The palate is well structured and balanced oak with a persistent finish of red berries and bitter chocolate. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 16°-18°C.
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and over the next 4-5 years.
Perfect wine match with grilled red meats, flavoursome pasta dishes and hard cheeses, enjoy.
Layers of dark berries and soft tannins.

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