Babich ‘Irongate’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot/Franc 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 14-Apr-2011
This red has a pedigree stretching back to 1985 and is named after the ‘Irongate' aquifer that runs 25 metres below the soils near the foothills of western Hawke's Bay. A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this was fermented to 13.5% alc., then aged in new and seasoned French oak barrels. Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red, youthful in appearance, this has a tight and intense bouquet of blackcurrants with complexing dried herb and savoury earth-mineral notes, along with red floral perfumes. Medium-full bodied, the concentrated flavours of ripe black fruits herbs and earth are framed within a firm, but fine-textured structure which allow the sweet fruit nuances to show. This is an finely constructed and classically elegant red designed for aging 8-10+ years. Serve with all roasted red meats and hard cheeses. 18.5-/20 Apr 2011 RRP $34.95

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