Babich Gimblett Gravels Merlot/Cabernet 2013

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 16-Mar-2014
Very dark, near impenetrable black-hued, purple-red, very youthful. The bouquet is firmly intense with aromas of ripe dark raspberry fruit, along with blackcurrants and cassis, revealing a little fresh herb nuance. This is fruit-driven and showing lovely varietal clarity, without noticeable oak intrusion. Light-medium bodied, mild raspberry and redcurrant fruit flavours are supported by supple, delicately grainy tannins, and softly ripe, fresh acidity. The flavours are up-front, forward and primary, with a little robust extraction providing good mouthfeel, texture and weight. The wine carries to a dry, granular finish with some length. This is an up-front, grainy, light red with redcurrant and raspberry fruitiness. Serve with pasta, pizza, barbecued food and most red meat dishes over the next 4 years. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 6 months in oak. 17.0+/20 Mar 2014 RRP $20.00

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