Babich ‘Irongate’ Gimblett Gravels Cabernet/Merlot/Franc 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 19-Mar-2014
34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% each Cabernet Franc and Merlot, from the ‘Irongate’ vineyard, hand-picked and fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 35% new French oak. Very full, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour. This has a classically proportioned bouquet of blackcurrants and redcurrants, infused with cedary oak, revealing notes of liquorice and spiced, dark plums, with dark herbal elements that unfold in layers. Medium-bodied and finely presented, a fine and concentrated core of black and red currants and dark plums is the feature on the palate. Sweet spices and cedary oak add interest. The fruit and oak is supported by very fine-grained tannin extract and refined, balanced acidity, providing a vibrant and lively mouthfeel. The palate carries through to a very long, lingering finish of cedar and spices. This is an elegant, fine-grained Bordeaux-blend with spicy, cedary oak infusion. Match with roasted red meats and hard cheeses over the next 6-7+ years. 18.5/20 Mar 2014 RRP $35.00

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