Babich ‘The Patriarch’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-Sep-2017
Full, dark, black-red colour with youthful purple tints, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is softly full and harmoniously integrated with layers of rich, ripe blackberry fruit melded with an amalgam of cassis liqueur and ripe black plums, some liquorice and soft spicy oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has great richness and sweetness of ripe blackberry fruit with hint of exotic spice, plums and liquorice and sweet oak. The flavours are succulent and mouthfilling, with impressive fruit depth. The fruit is supported by considerable tannin extract, the textures fine-grained and flowery, and the acidity is ripe, soft and integrated. The wine carries with a concentrated core to a long, lingering, rich and plush finish. This is a rich and succulent, harmonious, black berried and plum-fruited Cabernet/Merlot blend with exotic spice notes and very fine, flowery tannin extraction. This will keep 10-15+ years. A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 22% Malbec from the ‘Irongate’ vineyard fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in approx. 40% new French oak. 19.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $79.95

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