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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 7, 2013

Pasqua 'Villa Borghetti' Amarone 2009

Grape Variety: 65% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 10% Negrara
Growing Region: Villa Borghetti Estate, Veneto, Italy
Chief Winemaker: Giovanni Nordera
Just a few days ago by train - I came through the northern region of Veneto and past the vineyards from which this wine is sourced, the Villa Borghetti Estate, located between the village of Marano and Valgatara, at the heart of the Valpolicella Classico, Veneto region, Italy. These chosen vineyards are renowned for there calcareous, flaky debris, and stony soil conditions.
As with each Amarone made at Pasqua they use only the best bunches harvested by hand and left to carefully raisin in wooden trays for about 4 months. As each berry turns towards a raisin, the grapes increase in sugar extracts by 25-30% - so at the end of January the aged, dried grapes are pressed and left to ferment for 30 days at controlled temperatures. Then, around 70% of the wine is transferred into French oak barrels, while the remaining wine is placed into larger tonneaux (500L) barrels where malolactic fermentation takes place. The wine ages in oak for about 18 months before being bottling and it is then rested in bottle for 6 months, before being released.
In the glass be prepared for an intense, deep red coloured wine. On the nose - the first impressions are clean and vibrant fragrances of currants and blackberries - then on the second pass you find roasted chestnuts on the nose, with subtle sweet vanilla notes. The extra care and  attention in the crafting of this wine shows on the broad palate - which has a large personality and a full mouth texture, with warm and rich  berry fruits, supported by balanced and silky tannins, and excellent oak integration giving you a long and persistent finish. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.
Drinking perfectly well this winter season; and will age gracefully for another 5-6 years.
Perfect wine match with grilled and bbq’d red meats, wild game dishes and aged, rich cheeses, enjoy.
An unforgettable experience for your senses.

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