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, May 26, 2013

Hewitson 'Ned & Henry's' Shiraz 2011

Grape Variety: 90% Shiraz, 10% Mourvèdre
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Head Winemaker: Dean Hewitson
Dean has crafted another full-flavoured Barossa Valley Shiraz that can be enjoyed in its youth at either a BBQ lunch or with slow cooked piece of prime meat at dinner. Dean’s wine making philosophies can be seen throughout this wine, with the use of French oak, fine grained tannins, balance and bright fruit expression.
Named after Dean’s two boys Ned & Henry - the fruit for this wine was sourced from several sites grown on classic terra rossa vineyards. The vineyards are traditionally grown, low cropped and produce the essential flavours and tannins. After careful fermentation the wine was pressed into quality French oak barrels, where the wine finished fermentation and underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine matured in barrel for a total of about fifteen months before racking and bottling. The base wine has always been Shiraz, though each year Dean blends in a small proportion of Mourvèdre, which accentuates the fruit and develops greater complexity.
The 2011 vintage for grape ripening and harvesting was exceptionally cool for the valley. The vineyard team made good decisions and each site were harvested before the later rains and once again were able to deliver a rounded, ripe wine at a balanced 14%.
The colour of the wine is a very deep red with a purple hue. The aroma is distinctively Barossa Valley, with black, ripe fruits and a dried herb spice influence from the Mourvèdre. The fruit flavours of berries and earthy characters are full and concentrated yet soft and supple. The tannins are integrated and persistent, giving the wine great balance and poise and carries Dean’s signature - 'drinkability'. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.
Drinking well this coming season; and over the next 4-5 years.
Perfect wine match with bbq red meats, lamb shank, roast meats, a homemade meat pie and with a spicy pizza, enjoy.
A fruit driven wine with real personality.

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