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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, August 6, 2012

Hewitson 'Ned & Henry's' Shiraz 2010

Grape Variety: 90% Shiraz, 10% Mourvèdre

Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia

Chief Winemaker: Dean Hewitson

Dean has access to some outstanding grapes, from vineyards grown on red soil over limestone, the classic 'terra-rossa' vineyards; provide the quality fruit for this Ned & Henry's Shiraz/ Mourvèdre. Traditionally grown, low cropping vines produce the rich flavours and tannins found in this wine.
After careful fermentation the wine was pressed into selected French barriques, where the wine also went through malolactic fermentation. The wine then matured in these same barrels for a total of about fifteen months before racking. While the base wine has always been Shiraz, each year Dean blends in a small proportion of Mourvèdre, which accentuates the fruit and adds another subtle layer of complexity.
In the glass you have a very deep red with a purple hue. The aroma is distinctive, with dark, ripe fruits and a dried herb and spice note from the Mourvèdre. The perfectly balanced French oak is a real treat. The flavours of dark-fruits and rich earthy characters are full and concentrated yet approachable. The palate is definitely full bodied, with a generous mouth feel with velvet tannins, and a long persistent finish. Decanter for 45-60 minutes and serve at 17C. *(Limited availability)

Drinking perfectly well this winter season; and will mature for another 6-7 years.

Perfect wine match with bbq's meats, spicy pizza or pasta and a good rich cheese, enjoy.

94 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion 2103.


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