Babich ‘The Patriarch’ Hawke’s Bay 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 15-Oct-2016
A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Malbec and 24% Merlot from the ‘Irongate’ vineyard. Very dark, deep, near saturated black-red colour, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is powerful, intense and very rich with ripe aromas of blackberries, black plums, notes of boysenberries and cassis liqueur, unfolding exotic, spicy oak. The Cabernet Sauvignon is a little more assertive on palate, with rich cassis flavours supported by the blackberry and plum fruit. This has sweetness an opulence and the fruit is supported by beautifully refined tannin structure providing great linearity. The concentrated flavours are very long. 19.0+/20 Oct 2016 RRP $68.00 Gimblett Gravels fruit from the ‘Irongate’ vineyard, 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Malbec and 24% Merlot, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 45% new French oak. Very full, near saturated black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is finely concentrated with deeply packed aromas of ripe blackcurrant fruit and cassis interwoven with blackberries, spicy plums, dark herbs, lifted oak and earthy elements. Medium-full to full-bodied, the palate is very concentrated and elegantly proportioned, with flavours of ripe, sweet blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. The fruit is supported by considerable extraction and structure, the tannins very fine-grained, ripe and flowery, lending finesse to the textures. Layers of spicy and oaky detail enrich the fruit, and the palate unfolds iron-earth complexities on the very long and sustained finish. This is a very concentrated, ripe, black fruited blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot with serious, fine structure and Gimblett Gravels iron and earth flavours. Serve with roasted lamb, beef and venison, and hard cheeses over the next 10-15 years. 19.0/20 Jan 2015 RRP$60.00

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