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, December 1, 2013


The only constant in the universe is change. Today is the first day of summer in the southern hemisphere. Today the television signal of New Zealand has officially gone digital. 4G mobile networks are more common place, super broad-band internet is being rolled out across the country and the world. Computers, Laptops, Tablets and Smart-phones are changing, updating and upgrading as you read this.
So what better day to release my ‘new’ website. All of the wine reviews - wine articles plus much more that you have enjoyed here on this ‘blog-site’ have moved, upgraded to a brand new website called - yes you guessed it: wineguy.co.nz.
Many of the wine articles have been updated, plus there are several new features, information and wine resources added - happy reading. [Simply click on the icon]


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 8ÂșC.
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.

Fiano Grape:

Fiano is an Italian white wine grape variety that is grown primarily in the Campania region of southern Italy and on the island of Sicily. In Campania this grape is particularly noted around Avellino where the DOCG wine of Fiano di Avellino is produced.  The grape has a long history in the Campania region and is believed to have been the grape behind the ancient Roman wine Apianum.  Even today, the name Apianum is permitted to appear on wine labels of the DOCG wine Fiano di Avellino.
Outside of Italy, several Australian wine producers have begun to use the grape. Production and vineyards are still small, but one place showing good results is in the McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia.  More recently, some winemakers in Argentina are producing Fiano in the La Rioja district north of Mendoza.

Ampelographers and wine historians connect Fiano with southern Italy, and believe it has origins in ancient Roman viticulture and perhaps may have even been cultivated by the ancient Greeks before them. The small, thick-skinned berries of Fiano usually produce very little juice and, given the vines natural tendency for low yields, can make Fiano an unprofitable grape to grow. However, in recent years, the variety has enjoyed a lift in interest as southern Italian wineries invest in modernized winemaking techniques and equipment, as well as a desire to revitalize indigenous and classical varietals.
For the Fiano di Avellino DOCG, at least 85% of the wine must be made from Fiano with Greco, Coda di Volpe and Trebbiano permitted in the blend. Grapes destined for this DOCG wine must be limited to a maximum harvest yield of 10 tonnes per hectare and fermented to a minimum alcohol level of 11.5%. In its youth Fiano is often intensely flavoured and aromatic with, floral and honey notes that over time develop spicy and hazelnut notes. The introduction of modern winemaking techniques with its emphasis on limiting oxidation and preserving varietal freshness, have improved the overall quality of Fiano wines over recent years.