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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, 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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