Babich ‘The Patriarch’ Hawke’s Bay 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 08-Feb-2011
The ‘flagship' red for Babich, made only in the best vintages, the blend varied to optimise the quality. The 2008 is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Malbec from the Gimblett Gravels and was matured in French oak barriques for 18 months. Dark, deep, purple hued ruby red in colour, this has a full, voluminous nose of well-ripened spicy black berry fruits, and cedary sweet oak with great depth. On palate medium-full bodied, showing near opulence with spicy, black plums and berry fruits and good oak lift. The flavours are very rich and are matched by the fine-grained extraction and structure. Layers of fruit flavours and sweet cedar unfold with breathing. This can be enjoyed now by way of its richness, but it should develop well over the next decade. Drink with roasted red meat as part of a fine dinner. 19.0-/20 Jan 2011 RRP $59.95

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