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, October 20, 2013

Grower’s Mark 'Marlborough' Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Winemaker: Kim Crawford
You have heard that every great wine is made in the vineyard and the Grower's Mark wines champion this philosophy and their grape growers. Every farmer has a 'reserve block' or a few select rows which show something special each vintage. They also chose the rose as their Growers Mark as it has long been utilised in grape growing as an early warning system for disease. All the wines are sustainably grown, ensuring the vineyards remain for our future generations along with producing a range of exciting varietal-expressive wines.
Renowned viticulturist Jeremy Hyland selected three vineyards to supply grapes for this wine. One in the lower Awatere to give minerality to the wine, one in the lower Waihoepai to give tropical notes and one in the Wairau to give the herbaceous punch. Once in the winery the grapes were crushed and gently pressed, cold settled for 36 hours and then juice was inoculated and fermented towards dryness.
In the glass the wine is a pale straw colour, with a subtle green hue. On the nose the wine has lifted sweet passion-fruit notes along with beach grass, underscored with typical herbaceous characters associated with good Sauvignon Blanc.  On the palate the wine is quintessentially a Marlborough Sauvignon. A burst of ripe fruit, passion-fruit and gooseberry backed with subtle herbaceous and delicate white pepper notes. The palate also has firm acidity which is balanced with good fruit weight, giving the wine great persistence of flavour on the finish.  Chill and serve at 8ºC.
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and through to the middle of 2014.
Perfect wine match with shellfish, freshly caught white fish with a summer salad, and light style Asian cuisine - enjoy.
A dynamic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.


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