Babich ‘The Patriarch’ Hawke’s Bay 2010

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Oct-2011
The flagship red for Babich, a blend of 44% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Malbec from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.0% alc. and matured 13 months in 40% new French oak barriques. Very full, near-saturated purple-hued ruby-red colour, the nose is a little subdued in expression, though there is considerable presence and volume. Concentrated and dense aromas of black plums, blackcurrants and dark red berry fruit with fruit cake and spicy oak sit brooding on the bouquet. Medium-full bodied, an array of ripe black berry fruits and spices fills the palate. A firm core of fruit extraction and fine tannins provides drive and line, with balanced acidity allowing the wine to retain tension and freshness. The oaking matches the richness of the fruit and carries through to a harmonious, long finish. A bold and flavoursome wine in the waiting. It will unfold and develop greater richness and nuance over the next 8-10 years. Match with red game meat dishes. 18.5+/20 Oct 2011 RRP $60.00

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