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, April 28, 2013

Nga Waka ‘Martinborough’ Pinot Noir 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Martinborough, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Roger Parkinson
Good Pinot Noir is a true and honest expression of its ‘sense of place’ or ‘terroir’ - then there are what we describe as quality Pinot Noirs. These are wines that reflect not only the growing season, the vineyard sites, are varietal and have well balanced ripe fruit. They also have appropriate, well chosen and controlled winemaking techniques that complement and bring out the best qualities in the fruit. This is one of those wines - but please as I remind you with all wine reviews, don’t compare this vintage with another, simply respect and enjoy this vintage on its own merit and you will not be disappointed.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Parkinson Block and Old Cemetery Block vineyards in the heart of Martinborough. The carefully harvested fruit was de-stemmed only, with a total maceration time of 18-21 days. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation in tight grained French oak barriques, with 25% being new oak. The total time in oak barrels was 14 months, then the finished bottled wine was un-fined and un-filtered, so don’t be surprised if you have a slight haze to your wine and with age it will throw a slight deposit.
In your Pinot Noir glass you will be greeted by a deep red-purple colour. On the nose you will find rich, succulent and powerful Martinborough Pinot Noir aromas showing dark cherries and both fresh and dried spice notes. On the palate this full bodied Pinot Noir is underpinned by silky tannins and subtle, refined oak from appropriate barrel maturation, developing a balanced, persistent finish. Decant for about 45-60 minutes and serve at 16-17°C.
Showing well this coming winter season; through will repay another 4-5 years.
Perfect wine match with subtle lamb dishes, roast pork, rabbit pie and Asian duck, enjoy.
A Pinot Noir with real character.


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Sunday, April 21, 2013

te Pā ‘Marlborough’ Pinot Gris 2012

Grape Varieties: 90% Pinot Gris, 10% Gewürztraminer
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner / Director: Haysley MacDonald
Haysley has lived his whole life at te Pā - his parents and grandparents were the same, and his four children are growing up the same way. Haysley is very involved in te Pā’s day-to-day responsibilities: Even when 5 o’clock comes round, you will find him still working. As he states - “It’s a hands-on business, and you are never too big to get your hands dirty.”
They planted grapes back in 2003, and now have 150 hectares in vines. Currently, te Pā produce Sauvignon Blanc from their own vines - (with their first vintage achieving critical acclaim), and Pinot Gris and a small parcel of Pinot Noir from within Marlborough. The te Pā vineyards are located on the Wairau Bar in Marlborough - it’s a long gravel bank formed where the Wairau River meets the sea. At one time it was believed to be an island, ideally located to source plentiful kaimoana (seafood) from the lagoon.
This single vineyard Pinot Gris is grown in the main 'Wairau Valley' of Marlborough on a 100% sustainable vineyard. The fruit was harvested in the cool of the morning and transferred to the winery where it underwent temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

On the nose the wine has an attractive aroma of ripe stone fruits and floral notes, complimented by hints of ginger and sweet apples. The palate is full with a soft and succulent mouth feel. Ripe fresh white peaches and spiced pear flavours are supported by almond, musk and cinnamon notes. The generous fruit is support by balanced acidity, which gives freshness and a pleasant finish. Chill and serve at 8°C.
Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the next 12-18 months.
Perfect wine match with shellfish, Asian & Malaysian influenced cuisine and young cheeses, enjoy.
Fruit forward style, with an early drinking appeal.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Montes 'Limited Selection' Carmenère 2010

Grape Variety: 100% Carmenère
Growing Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Chief Winemaker: Aurelio Montes
Carmenère the legendary lost grape of Bordeaux, France - was officially recognized by the Chilean Department of Agriculture as a distinct grape variety in 1998. Today thriving and grown chiefly in the Colchagua Valley - the fruit for this wine has real charm and subtle richness.
Aurelio Montes has always maintained that - “80% of good wine comes from the vineyard and the other 20% from the cellar”. So vineyard care is paramount, enabling Montes to produce world-class wines. From the vineyard rows to the cellar, Aurelio’s team meticulously studies every variable in the winemaking process. His commitment to method and process is almost obsessive; nothing is left to chance, and this dynamic wine is one of the fine results.
After careful hand harvesting and diligent fermentation - 70% of the final blend had 6 months ageing in French oak barrels for structure and palate development.
In the glass you are greeted by a dark purple-ruby-red coloured wine. On the nose you have typical Carmenère characters; with bright aromas of black pepper and mulberry notes, while on the palate wild blueberry and blackberry flavours show though, with hints of dark chocolate, black plum and a touch of vanilla and mocha-coffee, accompanied by Carmenère’s characteristic spiciness. A very smooth, elegant, velvety and mouth-filling wine with the rounded, soft tannins distinctive of Carmenère, all creating a memorable finish. Decant for 30 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and will age well for the next 4-5 years.
Perfect wine match with mushroom risotto, slow cooked beef, pizza and hard cheeses; enjoy.
Don’t be fooled by its easy appeal, this wine has character.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Chakana ‘Reserve’ Malbec 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Malbec
Growing Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Consulting Winemaker: Alberto Antonini
Chakana make approachable, honesty, early drinking style red wines which have subtle characters that sneak up on your taste buds. The family and vineyard team understand their vines and with careful hand harvesting, picked the fruit at just the right time - and have crafted another wine that will match some many cuisine moments. The fruit for this wine comes from relatively young vines grown on a 150 hectare estate in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo - Mendoza at 960 metres above sea level.
After all the fruit arrived in the winery, it underwent approximately 48 hours of cold maceration on skins in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Fermentation took place for 12 days with selected yeasts at 26-30°C combined with pigeage and delestage to improve fruit extraction and integrated tannins. After malolactic fermentation the wine enjoyed 12 months in oak barrels (50% French and 50% American) - to develop mouth feel and structure.
In the glass you have a purple red coloured wine with a violet edge. On the nose you will find aromas of ripe plums and blackberries, dried spices, with floral notes and mocha chocolate. All of these characters continue onto the palate - which complements the ripe fruit flavours and spice tones with the soft tannins and oak notes, giving the wine a lingering finish. Decant for 30-45mins and serve at 16-18°C.
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and over the next 2-3 years.
Perfect wine match with bbq, grilled and cured meats, spicy dishes and hard cheeses, enjoy.
A real food friendly red wine.

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