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 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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