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, September 29, 2013

Matawhero 'Church House' BF Chardonnay 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
Owners: Kirsten & Richard Searle
Matawhero Estate Wines that has been owned by Richard & Kirsten Searle since 2008, has been replanted, revitalized and introduced to a new generation of wine enthusiasts.
This well crafted Chardonnay continues the well deserved worldwide acclaim for the Gisborne wine region. The premium grapes for this wine were sourced from the highly recognised Briant vineyard, which is situated between Patutahi and Manutuke, across the Waipaoa River from the Matawhero winery. The silt deposits that overlay the clay base provide ideal growing conditions for Chardonnay. The dominant clone used is 548, a new clone imported from France which is suited to barrel fermentation. The clone is usually early ripening and produces full-bodied, balanced, rich wines with complex aromas.
All of the grapes were machine harvested and promptly brought to the winery where they used a selected yeast strain ideal for barrel fermentation, which was carried out in a mixture of old puncheons and oak barriques until fermented dry. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and stayed on its lees until February - it was then stabilised, filtered and bottled.
In the glass you have a light golden colour with a green hue. On the nose you will find ripe melon and fig notes with a hint of oak. The palate is confident, rich and full with stone fruits and peach flavours with integrated layers of toasty oak notes, resulting in a charming and approachable wine, with great length and persistence on the finish. Chill and serve at 8-10ºC.
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and over the next 2-3 years.
Perfect wine match with roast chicken, pork, lamb cutlets and aged, creamy cheese, enjoy.
An approachable, barrel fermented Chardonnay.


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pask 'Declaration' Cabernet/ Merlot/ Malbec 2007

Grape Variety: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot & 22% Malbec
Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Kate Radburnd
Pask's 'Declaration' wines are crafted by Kate and her team in only exceptional vintages from prime parcels of fruit selected off their Gimblett Gravels vines.
In 2007 - Hawke’s Bay experienced favourable weather conditions throughout most of the growing season. They enjoyed a fine, warm Indian summer where selected bunches achieved what Kate describes as ultimate fruit maturity. Both yield and quality of the fruit was exceptional making the 2007 vintage for Pask a stand out.
The 3 different grape varieties used in this blend were harvested separately from their Gimblett Road vineyards and de-stemmed with minimal crushing and transferred into closed fermenters. Each parcel of fruit went through a slow, warm fermentation on skins extracting maximum colour, aroma and flavour profile. The wine then aged for 18 months in new French and American oak barriques for further palate development.
In the glass you have a deep red colour, thinning now with age towards the edges. The wine has a good aroma of dark berry fruits and a spiced, baked fruitcake note. On the palate, new layers reveal subtle earthy notes combine with tobacco characters and the heart of rich berry flavours. The spicy notes from the nose carry through the palate, mixed with oak and cassis characters all supported nicely by fine tannins, giving the wine structure and balance. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 16-18ºC.
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and also over the next 2-3 years.
Perfect wine match with roast beef, seasoned steak, bbq’d meats and hard cheeses, enjoy.
An approachable, full flavoured red wine.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Matching Wine with Tapas

Pairing wine with tapas just sounds fun - let alone actually being a great tasting experience.  The first wines that always come to my mind are a Fino or Amontillado Sherry which seem to go so well with almost every kind of tapas from olives to fish to chicken. Plus being especially good with salty tapas like anchovies, seasoned almonds and with spicy or garlic prawns. When you find the best match a Sherry served cold and fresh - just cuts so well through the salt, oils and subtle fats to release all the hidden flavours and cleanses the palate for the next bite or mouth full.
Another wine top of mind - is a lively Rosado (Rosé wine) as they can stand up well to the vibrant and sometimes robust flavours of tapas, with a favourite match of mine being with a good seafood Paella.
Youthful, Rioja red wines are also an enjoyable match - particularly if you are enjoying meat style tapas like chorizo and kidneys cooked in sherry or wine. In fact most tapas’ sessions can start with a chilled dry sherry, then move onto a Rosado/Rosé or a Spanish white wine like an Albariño, or a crisp dry Riesling, or even a Chablis, with seafood tapas and then move onto a red Rioja Crianza or light Syrah, or a Rhone-Valley red blend with meat or mushroom-based dishes.  Then for those slow cooked, roasted or BBQ cooked meatier tapas you can pair a Gran Reserva, a Carménère and even Cabernet based red wines.
Also don’t forget - along with crisp, fresh still white wines - also look to match certain tapas with a fresh Cava (sparkling wine) - which can pair extremely well with fried dishes such as calamari, croquettes, with fried fish and other seafood dishes.
The following matches are only suggestions, guidelines and starting points - enjoy the journey.




Sunday, September 15, 2013

Waipara Hills 'Equinox' Chardonnay 2012

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Waipara Valley, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Simon McGeorge
Simon and his team have crafted this limited ‘Equinox’ range of wines to capture the special terroir of the region - and were named after the Equinox winds that blow hot and dry across the plains where they have planted their vines.
The Chardonnay grapes for this wine were handpicked from their ‘Home Block’ vineyard which was whole bunch pressed and cold settled before the slightly cloudy juice was transferred to barrels for fermentation. After 3 weeks the barrels were topped-up and regularly stirred until temperatures increased to initiate malolactic fermentation. The wine had 100% French oak; with 30% being new, after approximately 50% of the wine had gone through malolactic fermentation in barrel; they were cooled for maturation of 5 months before bottling.
In the glass you have a bright straw, gold colour. On the nose the wine is rich and beautifully integrated with fresh bread, stone fruit and dried spice aromas. These flavours coat the mouth from the first sip while the acidity keeps the wine fresh and bright. Stone fruit and citrus fruit characters burst onto the palate, accentuated by balanced fruit, oak, buttery notes, nutmeg and cinnamon oak flavours. The wine has a wonderful concentration, integration and freshness giving the wine great poise - balance and a lingering finish. Chill slightly and serve at 8-10ºC.
Drinking perfectly well coming summer season; and will age for another 4-5 years.
Perfect wine match with roast chicken, turkey, ham and pork, or with mature, creamy cheeses, enjoy.
A wine with wonderful concentration.


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INDEX - Wine & Food Matching:

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The above menu of wine & food matches are only suggestions, guidelines and starting points - enjoy the journey.