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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, June 30, 2013

Geoff Merrill ‘McLaren Vale' Shiraz 2008

Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz

Growing Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

Owner / Chief Winemaker: Geoff Merrill

The 2008 vintage was a testing growing season for the whole region - and will be remembered for the incredible heat wave that affected South Australia and the challenges related with it. The season began well, but once the heat wave struck, extra attention was required in the vineyard by all the team. Early ripening varieties were actually in excellent condition and Geoff and his team have produced many exciting wines from this vintage.
A few vineyard sites selected for this wine were affected by the heat wave - and ripened much fast than expected, with some parcels being picked and processed with jammy and extremely ripe fruit flavours. Fortunately with all the effort in the vineyards these exciting, ripe parcels developed layers of intense flavour - enabling the team to craft an exciting wine from this season. With carefully selected harvesting decisions, each parcel of fruit underwent appropriate fermentation extracting good colour, ideal fruit flavours and spice characters - then the wine was transferred to American & French oak for 20 months of further development.
In the glass you have a deep red colour with a soft purple hue. On the nose the wine has typical McLaren Vale aromas showing dried spice, ripe berry fruits and savoury, smoky notes. The palate is tightly held together with solid tannins and acid structure with ripe dark fruit characters reflective of this vintage. The wine shows good balance, complexity, well integrated subtle oak and has a lingering, lively finish. Decant for 30-40 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and over the next 3-4 years.
Perfect wine match with seasoned red meats, spicy pizza and freshly made pasta dishes, enjoy.
Classic McLaren Vale spice.


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