Babich Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2012

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-Nov-2012
Bright, fullish, purple-hued crimson-ruby colour. This has a vibrant and fresh nose with intense aromas of black and red currants, quite bold in primary expression, revealing a little leaf and stalkiness from cooler-spectrum fruit. Light-medium bodied, fresh flavours of redcurrants and blackcurrant leaf combine with herb and oak spice nuances. Good acid balance and soft, supple, background tannins provide an easy liveliness and sweetness. Light and gentle leafy, curranty flavours are moderately sustained on the finish. This is a fresh, supple Merlot and Cabernet blend with some well-managed cooler spectrum flavours. Serve with pizza, pasta and barbecued meat over the next 3-4+ years. 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 12.0% alc., the wine aged 4-10 months in 35% new oak. 16.5-/20 Nov 2012 RRP $20.00

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