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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, August 18, 2013

Marques de Caceres 'Reserva' 2005

Grape Variety: 85% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha Tinta & Graciano
Growing Region: Rioja, Spain
Consultant Winemaker: Michel Rolland
Just like the 'Gran Reserva' wines crafted by Marques de Caceres, this 'Reserva' wine is only produced from vintages classed as excellent or very good. This 2005 Reserva was matured for 22 months in French oak barrels and for another 18 months or more in bottle, depending on the date of release.
The 2005 growing season was extremely varied in Rioja - but as with the rest of Europe turned for the better due to the intensive heat. Resulting in more than ideal conditions in the final few months to produce complex flavours in the harvested bunches, with the 2005 vintage was being officially rated as excellent. The grapes were selected from vineyards that are well exposed to the seasonal sun, with a considerable proportion of fruit coming from older vines that produce lower yields, resulting in greater flavour concentration.
In the glass you have a deep red colour. On the nose you will find an intense and complex bouquet combining fruits of the forest and a hint of spice, with a slight touch of floral notes. The palate is dense and delicious in the mouth where exquisite tannins reveal refined toasted notes acquired from the selected oak. The palate has a balanced complexity and the rich flavours provide good length and ensure a pleasant tasting experience. The wines unctuous structure comes through elegantly, producing an excellent character and personality in the wine. The wine has well-integrated tannins crafting a refined and luscious finish. Decant for 45-60 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and through to the end of 2018.
Perfect wine match with rich paella - quality Iberico ham, roast or grilled meats, foie gras, duck and mature cheese, enjoy.
A rustic wine, with a touch of elegance.


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