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, March 17, 2013

Waipara Hills 'Equinox' Late Harvest Riesling NV

Grape Variety: 100% Riesling
Growing Region: Waipara Valley, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Simon McGeorge
If you enjoy well crafted wine - and have even the slightest sweet tooth - this wine is a real treat for the wine enthusiast and young person inside each of us that needs an excuse to have dessert after a great meal. This unique wine is crafted from 100% Riesling fruit sourced from 'The Mound Vineyard' in the Waipara Valley, grown on gravel and silt loam soils. This wine has an extra level of complexity in the winemaking and in the layers of flavour - as it is a blend of several years; wine made in 2009, 2010, 2011 and from 2012 hence this non-vintage blend.
To get the most concentrated flavours Simon and his team pressed frozen fruit, then after a gradual fermentation in stainless steel tank the wine was racked into a mixture of oak barrels for maturation. The blend is a mixture of previous vintage wines, all adding different characters and textures. 2009 was aged in oak barrels for 36 months; the 2010 for about 28 months, 2011 for 16 months and 2012 was aged for about 4 months.
The resulting blend has a residual sugar of 200g/L, and with balancing acidity. In the glass, you have a rich golden colour. On the nose clover honey, grilled pineapple, vanilla and dried apricot aromas lead to a rich decadent sweet spectrum of tropical flavours with subtle oak highlights. The fresh acidity and lingering flavours make this luscious wine seem remarkably fresh and light. This wine is really a treat for your taste-buds - decadent, rich sweetness and intense lifted summer fruits, bold and well structured. Mouth-coating fruit is followed by cleansing acidity making a heavy wine seem a lot lighter and fresh. The luscious lingering flavours will have you and your guests asking for more. Chill and serve at 6-8°C.
Drinking perfectly well this season; and will age for another 8-10 years.
Perfect wine match with fresh fruits, fruit tarts, homemade cheesecake and blue cheeses, enjoy.
Candy for adults; go on, treat yourself.

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