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.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Jules Taylor 'Marlborough' Chardonnay 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
 
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
 
Owner / Winemaker: Jules Taylor
 
TASTING NOTE:
The 2011 growing season in Marlborough was a challenge from all angles, though a defining factor to this vintage was that it all came together at the right time. As at the moment that matters most - harvest time, Jules and her team were able to get all the fruit into the winery in peak condition.
The fruit for this wine is sourced from two special blocks of Chardonnay that come from vineyards in Renwick and the Awatere Valley of Marlborough. After hand harvesting, the fruit was split into two portions. One portion was wild fermented in French oak barrels, while the other was fermented in stainless steel tanks. While in the barrel the yeast lees were stirred regularly over a nine month period to add palate weight and texture to the wine. Both portions underwent malolactic fermentation, then after time in barrel, the two portions were blended back together and bottled in March 2012. This is a wine that is fresh and has great fruit flavours that expresses the vineyard sites from which they were grown.
In the glass the wine has a pale gold colour with a lime tinge. This wine is showing ripe stone fruit and floral aromas with subtle hints of spicy oak. The partial wild & malolactic fermentations along with the extended lees maturation in oak barrel have added complexity and texture to the palate. A lovely balance of minerality, melon, stone fruit and citrus notes are enhanced with integrated flavours of French oak on the finish. Serve at 8-10C.
 
CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and over the next 2-3 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with grilled chicken, bbq pork, pasta dishes and creamy cheeses, enjoy.
 
A beautifully balanced, vibrant Chardonnay.
 
        
 

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Matawhero 'Gisborne' Chardonnay 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
 
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
 
Owners: Kirsten & Richard Searle
 
TASTING NOTE:
If you are looking for a bright, honest, fruit forward and refreshing style of white wine, to match with a wide variety of light cuisine and varied occasions, then look no further than this unoaked Gisborne Chardonnay.
The vineyard from where the fruit was grown, not only see's the first light of each new day, but some of the best care and attention in the vineyard. The grapes for this wine were sourced from Paul and Jenny Tietjens vineyard located on Ormond road in the 'Golden Slope' region of Gisborne.
When Jeremy the viticulturist was happy with the fruit quality - the grapes were machine harvested at night. No antioxidants were added to the fruit in the grape hoppers, allowing Chardonnay's natural phenolics to oxidise on there short journey to the winery. Once in the winery the grapes were crushed, gently pressed and cold settled for 36 hours. The juice was then allowed to spontaneously ferment with indigenous yeast and cool fermented until dry. Once dry the wine went through malolactic fermentation, when in balance the wine was sulphured and stabilized to secure the desired 'soft' fruit characters.
In the glass you are greeted by a straw colour with golden highlights. On the nose, ripe melon and peach notes with a hint of butterscotch and fig. The palate is alive, full of rich, ripe fruit, with peach, watermelon and an inherent soft mid-palate and a clean finish. Serve at 8C.
 
CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and for another 2-3 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with chicken salad, turkey, light pasta and vegetarian dishes, enjoy.
 
Fruit forward, with a clean finish.

 
 

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Lake Chalice 'The Raptor' Chardonnay 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
 
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
 
Winemaker: Matt Thomson
 
TASTING NOTE:
This style and expression of Chardonnay is one that will give confidence to wine enthusiasts that there is a strong future for quality well made white wine here in New Zealand. Made in small quantities and representing the best from each vintage, the Raptor Series is their fine dining/restaurant range. Identified by Phil Binnie in the vineyard and Matt and Chris in the winery as wine that is considered of superior quality with cellaring potential, this range of wines is usually made exclusively from their own vineyards and often a single vineyard wine.
This 2011 'Raptor' Chardonnay was sourced from two vineyards. Two thirds from Peter and Ann Reeds in the Wairau Valley and one third from Hamish and Fiona Turners Awatere vineyard. After careful harvesting and then crushing and a light pressing the juice was barrel fermented in a mixture of new and one year old French oak barrels. Two thirds of the barrels were allowed to 'wild ferment' without the inoculation of a cultured yeast. Full malolactic fermentation followed with 10 months maturing on light lees in oak before blending and bottling in March 2012.
A full bodied Chardonnay with flavours of white peach, nectarine and underlying hints of nuts and spice, very aromatic on the nose. The palate is full, elegant and a creamy mid-palate with well balanced acidity and subtle oak that leads to a warm and lingering finish. Decant for 15-20 minutes and serve at 9-12C.
 
CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming summer; and over the next 3-4 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with fettuccini, pork, smoked ham and creamy mature cheese, enjoy.
 
A classic style, full flavoured Chardonnay.
 
 
 
 

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