Babich Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2011

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 03-Sep-2012
68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon from the ‘Irongate' vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.1% alc., the wine aged 6 months in seasoned French and American oak. Full, even, ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, this has a softly full, moderately ripe nose of dark plums and fragrant dark red florals, along with some blackcurrant and herb notes, the oaking very subtle, but adding interest. Medium-bodied, bright, spicy dark red plum flavours show with some ripeness. The tannin extraction is the feature, resulting in a softly firm, dry mouthfeel. Quite fulsome on mid-palate, the breadth is enhanced by the soft acidity. The finishes dry and lightly nuanced. This is an attractive, sufficiently ripened Merlot-based wine with spicy plum flavours and a dry, textured palate. Match with barbecued red meats and casseroles over the next 4+ years. 17.0/20 Sep 2012 RRP $20.00

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