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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 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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