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.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cecchi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2008

Grape Varieties: 90% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and a 10% mix of Colorino & Cabernet Sauvignon
Growing Region: The hills of Montepulciano, Italy
Head Winemaker: Andrea Cecchi
This is one of the great wines of Tuscany, predominantly crafted from the indigenous Sangiovese varietal, fully expressing all the personality of this confident grape. The 2008 vintage was a vibrant mix of seasonal variables - but in the end, developing fruit will good character and ripe flavours. The weather was fine throughout the harvesting period, from the last week of September to the first week of October.
In the winery Andrea and his team cared for each unique parcel, extracting excellent balance in flavour and inviting aromas - with vinification at controlled temperatures for approximately 21 days. This was then followed by 24 months of aging in a mix of French and Slovenian oak barrels and an additional time of development in the bottle for 3 months before release.
In the glass you will be greeted by an intense ruby red colour, with hints of garnet around the edge. The wine has a bright bouquet - characteristic of Sangiovese, with an intense aroma of wild violets and fresh herbs. On the palate, this 'Vino Nobile' delivers layers of ripe, dark summer fruit characters, supported by integrated tannins, giving balance and a wonderful structure and length to the rich, earthy finish. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 18°C.
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and over the next 4-5 years.
Perfect wine match with game dishes, BBQ and roasted red meats and aged cheeses, enjoy.
Strength and balance in a classic Tuscan red wine.


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