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 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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