Babich ‘The Patriarch’ Hawke’s Bay 2012

Malbec from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 01-Sep-2014
54% Malbec and 46% Cabernet Sauvignon from the ‘Gimblett Road’ vineyard, fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 13 months in 40% new French oak. Very full, impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The bouquet is full and voluminous with fragrant and aromatic, ripe black fruits entwined with black plums and spices, unfolding complexing waves of jam, cedary oak and nuances of camphor. Medium to medium-full bodied, the palate features mouthfilling flavours of black plums, currants and liquorice, along with cedar and spices. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannins that lend a refined, dry mouthfeel to match the restrained fruit sweetness. The wine flows smoothly and is enlivened by soft acidity, and carries to a long, sustained finish with ink, liquorice and black plum notes. This is a full, dry, soft-textured, spicy, black-fruited Malbec and Cabernet blend. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat over the next 7-9 years. 18.5+/20 Sep 2014 RRP $70.00

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