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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, October 13, 2013

Cecchi Chianti Classico DOCG 2011

Grape Variety: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino
Growing Region: Chianti Classico region, Tuscany, Italy
Chief Winemaker: Andrea Cecchi
I have had the pleasure to be a guest of the Cecchi family on a number of occasions over the years. Each time I visit their vineyards across Tuscany - it is clear to see the Cecchi family has a deep connection with their carefully crafted wines and their unique terroir. When you taste their wines made from indigenous grape varieties - they have a character, style and quality which only a hands on history and extensive experience can create.
Cecchi family estates, conservation for the land is a key focus, because each estate’s particular environmental characteristics are responsible for the quality and personality of the wines. The fruit for this wine was sourced from their own vineyards located in Castellina in Chianti, the area of Chianti Classico. The vines are planted some 305m above sea level, where the soil is poor, stony and calcareous.
After carefully harvesting the fruit, the grapes underwent a traditional fermentation on the skins for 18 days. The wine was then aged in small oak barrels and barriques for 9-12 months. The wine has a lively ruby-red colour, turning toward garnet on the edge. On the nose your will find emphasized violet aromas, with rich cherry notes. On the palate the rich cherry flavours and sutble spice notes come through, balanced with soft tannins and integrated oak. The wine is well balanced and dry with a lingering fruit driven finish. Decant for 30 minutes and serve at 16-18ºC.
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and will develop further over the next 4-5 years.
Perfect wine match with seasoned red meats, mushroom pasta and aged, hard cheeses, enjoy.
A classic Chianti, true to its terroir.

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