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, February 24, 2013

Rockburn 'Tigermoth' Riesling 2012

Grape Variety: 100% Riesling
Growing Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
Winemaker: Malcolm Rees-Francis
Rockburn like Central Otago is more than a one trick pony - with its varied vineyard sites, diurnal extremes and diverse soil types, they are producing dynamic, early drinking white wines that have been a great compliment with so many seafood dishes enjoyed this summer - and this Riesling is an exciting example.
In 2012 Cromwell experienced an honest growing season compared to many parts of the country - the vines enjoyed cool, but dry conditions producing some good yields off their vineyard blocks. The fruit was sourced for their Parkburn ‘Cromwell Basin’ vineyard, and harvested in late March.
The fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 15°C to retain the fruits fresh aromatics and finesse.  The fermentation was stopped at the desired sugar and acid balance, crafting a wine with 11% alcohol and approximately 41 grams of residual sugar and good acidity - it was then racked, stabilized, filtered and bottled.
This medium-sweet Riesling with its cleansing acidity has been inspired by the Spätlese wines of Germany. In the glass this wine displays apricots and sweet mandarin aromas on the nose. The palate is packed with ripe and lively notes of tangerine and juicy limes. The wine is well balanced with a rich sweetness and fine acidity giving the wine a long and cleansing finish. This style of Riesling could easily be enjoyed in its youth - and those with patience will see the wine continue to evolve over time. Chill and serve at 7-8°C.
Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the coming 3-4 years.
Perfect wine as an aperitif, fresh shellfish dishes, Asian and vegetarian cuisine enjoy.
A ripe and lively Riesling with a lingering finish. 


Saint Émilion AOC

The Saint Émilion AOC vineyards are located 35km near Bordeaux on the 'right bank' of the Dordogne River - where Saint-Émilion is registered as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Saint-Emilion's fame is due to its unique situation and soil to be found in the area
For several historical reasons before the French revolution in 1789, St-Émilion's land was divided into thousands of plots. Thus, the current average size of the properties of Saint-Emilion doesn’t exceed 7 ha, which is small when compared to the Medoc wine estates being approx five times the size.
Fortunately this historical inheritance turned out to be an advantage when vines were planted around the small town of St-Émilion because of the astonishing diversity of the local soils. St-Émilion is covered with a thick molasse layer of calcareous, sandstones, shales and conglomerates of shallow marine deposits. Saint Emilion is assigned to five main areas based on the type of soil: Côte Sud, or South - Graves de Figeac - the West coast - the North coast and the plateau of St-Martin. With the exception of the gravelly soil of the Graves de Figeac on which the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals are particularly well adapted, St-Émilion is the home of Merlot, which makes up a dominant portion of the red wine blends.
The total area of wine-producing is made up of several communes: Saint-Émilion, Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, Saint-Hippolyte, Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse, Saint-Laurent-des-Combes, Saint-Pey-d’Armens, Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens, Vignonet, and a part of the Libourne commune - all accounting for approximately 6% of the total Bordeaux vineyard area.
Since 1955, there has been a classification of Saint-Émilion wine, and is updated every 10 years or so (last in 2006), and consists of the following levels: Premier grand cru classé A, Premier grand cru classé B, and Grand cru classé - (18 Premiers Grands Crus Classés and 64 Grands Crus Classés). As of the new classification in 2012, there are currently four estates at the highest level: Château Angélus, Château Ausone, Château Cheval Blanc and Château Pavie. Previously, Château Ausone and Château Cheval Blanc were the only two estates at this classification level.
During the 1990s, a very surprising new category of wines appeared: the ‘garagiste’ wines, whose tiny production and extremely low yields give highly fruity concentrated and extracted wines. The most famous ‘garage wine’ estates are Valandraud, Mondotte and Le Pin.
St-Émilion's Merlot dominated wines are often less austere than their cousins of the Médoc region. They Saint-Emilion wines are fully rich, velvety, fruity, elegant and powerful. After 10-15 years of ageing, the wines of Saint-Émilion tend to gain complexity from their initial aromas by integrating rich leather, earthy and spicy flavours.

Wine in Brief:




Wednesday, February 20, 2013

INDEX - Wines in Brief:

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NB: Since date of publication - availability of all 'Wines in Brief' are subject to change.