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.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lake Chalice 'Raptor' Chardonnay 2009

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Chief Winemaker: Matt Thomson

Silver Medal - Royal Easter Wine Show 2010

TASTING NOTE:
The people behind any successful winery need to be able to multi-task and have an unlimited amount of energy and passion, plus a clear direction for what they can achieve. Chris, Phil and Matt have all of these attributes in spades and have the added ability to share their enthusiasm for wine and life with all they meet. Their attention to detail to craft quality wine can be easily seen in this Chardonnay.
The majority of the fruit was handpicked from the Renwick vineyard of Peter and Anne Reed. The balance being machine harvested and coming from their own Falcon Vineyard. Grapes were whole bunch pressed and then fermented in barrels, a mixture of new and one year old French oak. 100% malolactic fermentation and 8 months maturing on light lees before blending and bottling in December 2009.
In the glass you are greeted by a bright, straw, light gold colour. Lifted aromas of white peach, nectarine and underlying nutty, spicy oak notes. The medium bodied palate is elegant and creamy with well balanced acidity that leads to a warm lingering finish. Limited release: 478 cases.
Decant for approx 20mins and serve at 10C.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this season; and will age gracefully for 3-4 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with white meats, light cream pasta dishes and rich cheeses, enjoy.

 

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