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, September 15, 2013

Waipara Hills 'Equinox' Chardonnay 2012

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Waipara Valley, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Simon McGeorge
Simon and his team have crafted this limited ‘Equinox’ range of wines to capture the special terroir of the region - and were named after the Equinox winds that blow hot and dry across the plains where they have planted their vines.
The Chardonnay grapes for this wine were handpicked from their ‘Home Block’ vineyard which was whole bunch pressed and cold settled before the slightly cloudy juice was transferred to barrels for fermentation. After 3 weeks the barrels were topped-up and regularly stirred until temperatures increased to initiate malolactic fermentation. The wine had 100% French oak; with 30% being new, after approximately 50% of the wine had gone through malolactic fermentation in barrel; they were cooled for maturation of 5 months before bottling.
In the glass you have a bright straw, gold colour. On the nose the wine is rich and beautifully integrated with fresh bread, stone fruit and dried spice aromas. These flavours coat the mouth from the first sip while the acidity keeps the wine fresh and bright. Stone fruit and citrus fruit characters burst onto the palate, accentuated by balanced fruit, oak, buttery notes, nutmeg and cinnamon oak flavours. The wine has a wonderful concentration, integration and freshness giving the wine great poise - balance and a lingering finish. Chill slightly and serve at 8-10ºC.
Drinking perfectly well coming summer season; and will age for another 4-5 years.
Perfect wine match with roast chicken, turkey, ham and pork, or with mature, creamy cheeses, enjoy.
A wine with wonderful concentration.


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