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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, September 24, 2012

Jules Taylor 'Marlborough' Chardonnay 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Jules Taylor
The 2011 growing season in Marlborough was a challenge from all angles, though a defining factor to this vintage was that it all came together at the right time. As at the moment that matters most - harvest time, Jules and her team were able to get all the fruit into the winery in peak condition.
The fruit for this wine is sourced from two special blocks of Chardonnay that come from vineyards in Renwick and the Awatere Valley of Marlborough. After hand harvesting, the fruit was split into two portions. One portion was wild fermented in French oak barrels, while the other was fermented in stainless steel tanks. While in the barrel the yeast lees were stirred regularly over a nine month period to add palate weight and texture to the wine. Both portions underwent malolactic fermentation, then after time in barrel, the two portions were blended back together and bottled in March 2012. This is a wine that is fresh and has great fruit flavours that expresses the vineyard sites from which they were grown.
In the glass the wine has a pale gold colour with a lime tinge. This wine is showing ripe stone fruit and floral aromas with subtle hints of spicy oak. The partial wild & malolactic fermentations along with the extended lees maturation in oak barrel have added complexity and texture to the palate. A lovely balance of minerality, melon, stone fruit and citrus notes are enhanced with integrated flavours of French oak on the finish. Serve at 8-10C.
Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and over the next 2-3 years.
Perfect wine match with grilled chicken, bbq pork, pasta dishes and creamy cheeses, enjoy.
A beautifully balanced, vibrant Chardonnay.

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