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 20, 2012

Rimu Grove 'Nelson' Pinot Noir 2007

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Growing Region: Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand

Owner / Chief Winemaker: Patrick Stowe

Patrick literally broke ground in Nelson, pulling out an orchard and planting a new vineyard called Rimu Grove back in 1995 on the point above the scenic Waimea Estuary. Patrick's search for the ultimate expression of 'terroir' is reflected in his wines: a synergy of Nelson sunshine, Moutere clay gravels, maritime microclimate and an incredible attention to detail.
A changeable cold and windy spring produced a variable set for the Pinot Noir resulting in 30-40% less crop. A warm and dry summer followed, allowing the fruit to be picked at optimal ripeness, with the Pinot Noir having great concentration.
The grapes were handpicked, 100% destemmed and allowed to soak on their skins prior to fermentation for 5-7 days. Fermented in small open-top fermentation vats, hand-plunged 3 times daily, then barrel aged in French oak for 10 months (24% being new oak). A blend of seven clones, all coming from the Rimu Grove Estate vineyards.
A rich garnet colour fills the glass. A beautifully ripe nose, showing complex dark cherry, dried spice, game and oak characters. The palate is concentrated and weighted beautifully with a velvety texture and well integrated acidity. The back palate in long and softly dry with plenty of fine-grained tannins that linger on the finish. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 15-16°C.

Drinking perfectly well this season; and will age gracefully for another 3-4 years.

Perfect wine match with duck, game birds, rabbit, beef salad, and semi-soft cheeses, enjoy.

Showing subtle Burgundian nuances, with bright Nelson fruit.


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