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 10, 2013

Pask ‘Declaration’ Merlot 2007

Grape Variety: 100% Merlot
Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Kate Radburnd
Pask have their vineyards located on Gimblett Road - where they were the first to plant in the region now known as Gimblett Gravels. Formed over 100 years ago when the Ngaruroro River changed its course, the light, stony soils create the perfect environment for growing premium quality grapes.
With their vineyards being sheltered from the prevailing winds by the landmark Roy's Hill, hot daytime temperatures coupled with the warming effects of the stony soil produce grapes of intense flavour. The ‘Declaration’ range of wines is only ever produced in exceptional vintages and is harvested from selected vines. In 2007 a fine, warm, Indian summer was experienced in the Hawke’s Bay, where small parcels of fruit achieved full maturity - producing exceptional flavours.
After harvesting - the fruit underwent cold soaking along with a warm fermentation on skins and some barrel fermentation - producing a complex Merlot. Aged in new oak - lees contact has added weight, texture and the 18 months in oak has ensured integrated layers of character in the wine. As you pour the wine, in the glass you have a deep garnet colour. On the nose ripe plums and brambles, a touch of mocha coffee and subtle fruitcake notes. Soft tannins and integrated oak combine with a soft earthiness. The palate is inviting and ripe, with blackberry fruits, savoury notes and a hint of spicy characters. With bottle age - the velvet tannins are supported by honest fruit and fine oak resulting in a smooth finish. Decant for 20 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and over the next 18 months. *(Limited)
Perfect wine match with seasoned lamb kebabs, tapas and mature cheeses - enjoy.
Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2012.

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