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, November 24, 2013

Matawhero 'Church House' Chenin Blanc 2013

Grape Variety: 100% Chenin Blanc
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
Owners: Kirsten & Richard Searle
Chenin Blanc is one of the classic grape varieties of the world - slightly lost in translation here in New Zealand for a number of years - but with a confident and relevant approach, this expression is something to please the taste buds and pair with varied summer cuisine. The grapes for this wine were sourced Pete Briant’s vineyard in the Patutahi region just across the river from Matawhero.
After regular deliberations between the viticulturist and winemaker the Chenin Blanc was harvested when the grapes were flavour ready. Harvesting took place in the cool of the morning; with the fruit reaching superb ripeness after one of the best summers on record in Gisborne.
Once in the winery - the grapes were swiftly crushed and pressed ensuring that the brightest, most delicate flavours and aromas were protected during fermentation. Careful temperature management during fermentation has helped protect and develop this wines full expression. Once the perfect balance had been achieved the Chenin Blanc was separated from the fermentation solids to maximise the expression of this crisp variety’s wonderful floral and citrus characters.
In the glass you have a pale straw colour with golden highlights. On the nose this Chenin Blanc is showing citrus blossom, floral and orange zest notes. The well balanced palate has an abundance of lime, white peach and honeysuckle characters with fresh acidity - giving the wine a lively finish. Chill and serve at 8ºC.
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and through until the end of 2014.
Perfect wine match with seafood, Asian cuisine, and fresh flavoured summer salads, enjoy.
An old refreshing classic, ready for summer.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Jules Taylor 'Marlborough' Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Jules Taylor
Most of the country has now started to enjoy long sunny, summer days - encouraging each of us to think about and serve fresh seafood cuisine, including shellfish, white fish and seasonal salads. So to pair with these fresh flavours you need a bright, lively and crisp white wine - so on que enters this dynamic Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit for this quality, layered Sauvignon Blanc was grown in the Hawkesbury, Lower Wairau & Awatere Valley sub regions of Marlborough.
Each carefully harvested parcel of fruit was chosen for its specific contribution to the aroma, flavour and structure of the final wine blend. In order to respect and reflect the flavours of each individual vineyard parcel to come through in the final blend, Jules kept the winemaking deliberately uncomplicated. As the parcels of fruit came into the winery, they were pressed and cold settled over a period of 48 hours. After racking the juice off its lees, a cool fermentation with selected yeast strains took place over a good length of time. Post fermentation, the individual components were then tasted and blended, stabilised and bottled capturing the grape varietal freshness.
In the glass the wine has a pale lime colour, with a lemon hue. On the nose this Sauvignon Blanc shows aromas of fruit salad, passion-fruit and white peach, pineapple skin notes with underlying green peppers and tomato vine leaves. On the palate the wine is wrapped in a juicy acidity and those tropical flavours of passion-fruit, pineapple and subtle lychee notes shine through with restrained herbaceous notes rounding out the lively, crisp dry finish. Chill and serve at 8ºC.
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and through until the middle of 2014.
Perfect wine match with simple served shellfish, steamed or grilled white fish and a freshly tossed summer salad, enjoy.
An iconic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Brookfields 'Back Block' Syrah 2013

Grape Variety: 100% Syrah
Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Peter Robertson
As the name states - the fruit for this wine is sourced from the ‘Back Block’ vineyard located on the Ohiti Estate in Hawke’s Bay. The grapes ripen here extremely well every season due to the vines being surrounded by hills and growing on a shingle free draining base, with the vines facing northerly in direction, thus ideal for achieving physiological ripeness.
The flavour packed fruit was harvested on the 19th of April, where it was fermented in tank to retain varietal integrity. The grape cap was pumping over on a regular basis to extract balanced colour, aroma and palate characters. The time on the skins was approximately three weeks. It was then pressed and immediately went back into tank, for malolactic fermentation, it was then transferred to age and develop further layers for a limited time in oak barrels. 
In the glass this 2013 ‘Back Block’ Syrah is rich in colour with a magenta edge, accompanied by a most inviting palate. Made in an extractive manner due to the ripeness, the ‘Back Block’ Syrah has intensely dark berry flavours, with a moreish palate. Typical notes of white pepper, with subtle spices are evident, wrapped in ripe black Doris plum. With this 2013 vintage - ripeness is the key to this wines early appeal. The barrel mix is French and American, some of which were coopered in Portugal. Time in oak barrel was limited, hence the early approachability of this Syrah.  Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 16-18ºC.
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and over the next 2-3 years.
Perfect wine match with roast meats, slow cooked Duck dishes, freshly made sessoned pasta and hard cheeses, enjoy.
Well balanced, early drinking style Syrah.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Lake Chalice 'Marlborough' Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Growing Region: Talon Vineyard, Grovetown, Marlborough, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Matt Thomson
With summer just around the corner - what better wine to pair with fresh fish and a summer salad than a Sauvignon Blanc. Lake Chalice have a long and respected history of crafting fruit forward, early drinking style Sauvignon Blanc wines - and this 2013 is made to impress any summer occasion. Talking with the guys behind Lake Chalice, they are very pleased with their new Talon Vineyard in the Dillons Point area, east of Blenheim the source of the fruit for this wine.
The block is one of the last in the area to be planted under vines. Matt and Phil identified this area as ideal Sauvignon Blanc country some time ago and spent 18 months searching before being able to secure this block in 2007, with the first crop harvested in 2009.
This site now ensure that they can source Sauvignon Blanc from all the main sub-regions of Marlborough (Awatere Valley, Rapaura, Lower Waihopai, Renwick and now Dillons Point Road) and will able them to maintain a consistent style and quality for this estate label expression. The Talon Vineyard provided 67% of this blend with the balance coming from two other vineyards in the same area of Marlborough’s Wairau Plain.
The harvested fruit was promptly delivered to the winery and pressed without delay to enable minimal skin contact. Cool fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks using selected yeasts.
In the glass you will have a pale straw coloured wine with green hues. On the nose you will find lifted aromas of passion-fruit and blackcurrant leaves. The palate is dry and crisp, a medium bodied wine with a refreshing and lively palate. The mouth-watering acidity is balanced by a subtle mineral note giving this wine a lingering finish. Chill and serve at 8ºC.
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and through to the middle of 2014.
Perfect wine match with freshly caught shellfish, grilled white fish with a freshly tossed summer salad, enjoy.
Crisp, lively, early drinking Sauvignon Blanc.


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