Babich Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2014

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 03-Feb-2015
A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the fruit two-thirds from the Gimblett Gravels and one-third from the company’s new Redmetals vineyard, the wine fermented to 13.0% alc., with 20% of the wine aged 6-10 months in barrel. Very dark, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is softly concentrated with a deep and tightly bound core of ripe black berry and plum fruits with subtle earth and mineral elements and nutty oak. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, finely concentrated, ripe black and red berry fruits intermingle with spicy plum and nutty oak flavours. This is rich and sweet, the fruit balanced by fine-grained tannins at the heart. The structure and line carry the wine to a lingering finish with plums, boysenberries and redcurrants. This is an elegantly concentrated, fine-textured Merlot and Cabernet blend with sweet plum and berry fruit and spicy interest. Serve with lamb and beef, and Mediterranean fare over the next 4-5 years. 17.5-/20 Jan 2015 RRP $22.00

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