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, September 10, 2012

Matawhero 'Gisborne' Chardonnay 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
Owners: Kirsten & Richard Searle
If you are looking for a bright, honest, fruit forward and refreshing style of white wine, to match with a wide variety of light cuisine and varied occasions, then look no further than this unoaked Gisborne Chardonnay.
The vineyard from where the fruit was grown, not only see's the first light of each new day, but some of the best care and attention in the vineyard. The grapes for this wine were sourced from Paul and Jenny Tietjens vineyard located on Ormond road in the 'Golden Slope' region of Gisborne.
When Jeremy the viticulturist was happy with the fruit quality - the grapes were machine harvested at night. No antioxidants were added to the fruit in the grape hoppers, allowing Chardonnay's natural phenolics to oxidise on there short journey to the winery. Once in the winery the grapes were crushed, gently pressed and cold settled for 36 hours. The juice was then allowed to spontaneously ferment with indigenous yeast and cool fermented until dry. Once dry the wine went through malolactic fermentation, when in balance the wine was sulphured and stabilized to secure the desired 'soft' fruit characters.
In the glass you are greeted by a straw colour with golden highlights. On the nose, ripe melon and peach notes with a hint of butterscotch and fig. The palate is alive, full of rich, ripe fruit, with peach, watermelon and an inherent soft mid-palate and a clean finish. Serve at 8C.
Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and for another 2-3 years.
Perfect wine match with chicken salad, turkey, light pasta and vegetarian dishes, enjoy.
Fruit forward, with a clean finish.


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