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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, July 14, 2013

Cecchi 'Vino Nobile' di Montepulciano DOCG 2009

Grape Variety: 90% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese), 10% blend of Colorino & Cabernet Sauvignon
Growing Region: The hills of Montepulciano, Tuscany - Italy
Head Winemaker: Andrea Cecchi
On Monday of this last week - I drove past the vineyards, located just 1 hour south-east of Siena, that are used for this Nobile di Montepulciano crafted by Cecchi. As with previous expressions - this wine projects the best characteristics of the Prugnolo Gentile variety of the Sangiovese grape. The winemaking team looks to express a union of complexity and elegance that makes this wine an absolute winning formula. A constant awareness of tradition to show the true terroir from which this wine comes - combined with modern techniques and 2 years of ageing in oak deliver a unique ‘Nobile’ wine which is a captivating experience for the palate - and with each new sip and you will better understand the viticultural traditions and character of Montepulciano.
The vines grow on gentle slopes some 350 metres above sea level and approximately 100km’s inland from the coast. The grapes were harvested in the first ten days of October - and were traditionally treated with temperature-controlled skin contact and fermentation occurred in a combination of small and medium sized stainless steel tanks at 28°C for about 21 days. The wine was then transferred to small oak barrels for 24 months before tasting the final wine and being bottled within 28 months after the harvest and then rested in bottle for 3 months before release.
This is arguably one of the great wines of Tuscany, fully expressing all the elegance of the Sangiovese grape. In the glass you are greeted by a deep red colour with a soft garnet hue to the edge of the wine. On the nose you have an intense aroma of dark fruits, purple violets and dried spice. On the palate the ‘Vino Nobile’ has a full and confident mouth feel of ripe dark fruits, with well integrated tannins, harmonious oak notes giving the wine a lingering and persistent finish. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and over the next 4-5 years.
Perfect wine match with prime cuts of meat, mushroom pasta, subtle spiced dishes and aged, hard cheeses, enjoy.
Classic Tuscan intensity with style.

1 comment:

  1. Senza alcun dubbio, fanno un lavoro meraviglioso. Il vino è delizioso!