Babich ‘Irongate’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot/Franc 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-Nov-2012
34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Franc from the ‘Irongate' vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 35% new oak. Dark, even, ruby-red colour with purple hues. The bouquet is elegantly presented, a little shy, but showing concentrated aromas of blackcurrant and red plum fruit aromas interwoven with oak spices, revealing notes of dark herbs and liquorice in the glass. Medium-bodied and elegant in proportion, the flavours of black berry and black currant fruits are tightly bound. Nuances of dark plums, liquorice and oak cedar unfold, adding interest and detail. A fine-grained, moderately firm line from good tannin extraction provides the structure for the wine, with discreet acidity in support, adding tension. The flavours lead to a moderately long finish with nuances of black berry fruit and oak. This is an elegant and finely constructed Bordeaux-varietal blend that will match roast lamb or beef, and hard cheeses over the next 5-6+ years. 17.5+/20 Nov 2012 RRP $35.00

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