Babich ‘The Patriarch’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay 2016

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 16-Nov-2018
Full, even, black-hued purple-ruby colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and harmoniously integrated with layers of ripe black plum fruit along with ripe blackcurrants, cassis and spices, with sweet, lifted oak. This is finely interwoven and shows lovely aromatic finesse. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fulsome with rich and expansive, mouthfilling flavours of ripe black plums with spicy blackberries and hints of blackcurrants. The fruit forms a deep and sweetly rich, concentrated core, with fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with the acidity emerging to enliven the palate, carrying to a very long, lingering finish. This is a fulsome, mouthfilling, rich Merlot-based wine with sweet plum and spicy berry fruit, on a very fine-structured palate with a concentrated core and fresh finish. This will develop over the next 9-10+ years. A blend of 40% Merlot, 33% Malbec and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 45% new French oak. 19.0+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $89.95

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