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, October 22, 2012

Nga Waka 'Martinborough' Chardonnay 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
 
Growing Region: Martinborough, New Zealand
 
Chief Winemaker: Roger Parkinson
 
TASTING NOTE:
I look forward to tasting each new vintage of Roger's wines, as not only does he give them nothing but the best attention. His wines are a true reflection and expression of the vintage, growing season and of the vineyard from which they are grown. Plus with the added dimension of vine age and character that Roger carefully retains and lifts with deft winemaking choices.
The rich personality of this wine was crafted by having 100% of the fruit barrel fermented in tight-grained French oak barriques with approx 20% being new. Half of the wine went through malolactic fermentation - and all barrels were lee-stirred by hand monthly for a period of 10 months to give palate complexity and richness.
In the glass you have a green, gold colour with a good shine to the surface. This wine has already developed a confident bouquet showing a rich, complex Martinborough Chardonnay with intense ripe stone fruit flavours. The palate has a thread of subtle oak, supporting the ripe fruit notes which are complemented by the malolactic and barrel fermentation characters. Giving the wine a full-bodied appearance and with natural acidity finishing clean and dry. Chill slightly and serve at 10-12°C.
 
CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking well this coming summer; and over the next 3-4 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with grilled white meats, bbq vegetables and creamy cheeses, enjoy.
 
Serve in a large glass with flavoursome cuisine.
 
    
 

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