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

WINEGUY.CO.NZ

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]

http://www.wineguy.co.nz/


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Matawhero 'Church House' Chenin Blanc 2013

Grape Variety: 100% Chenin Blanc
 
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
 
Owners: Kirsten & Richard Searle
 
TASTING NOTE:
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.
 
CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and through until the end of 2014.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
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
 
TASTING NOTE:
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 8ÂșC.
 
CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and through until the middle of 2014.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with simple served shellfish, steamed or grilled white fish and a freshly tossed summer salad, enjoy.
 
An iconic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.