Babich ‘The Patriarch’ Hawke’s Bay 2014

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 13-Apr-2017
Full, very dark, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a softly full and voluminous nose unfolding layers of ripe blackberry fruit along with blackcurrants and cassis liqueur, and suggestions of boysenberries, entwined with iron-earth elements and spicy, cedary oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich, succulent and luscious flavours of ripe blackberries intermixed with cassis and spices, unfolding iron-earth minerals and cedary oak. The fruit sweetness is balanced by plenty of fine-grained tannin structure and grip, with underlying fresh, lacy acidity providing energy and drive. The wine carries with power to a long and sustained, rich and plush finish of ripe black fruits, spices and oak cedar. This is a rich and succulent fruited Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec blend with black fruits, spices and cedar on a well-structured and fresh palate. Match with slow-cooked game meat and semi-hard cheeses over the next 10+ years. A blend of 46% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Malbec from the ‘Irongate’ vineyard, Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 45% new French oak barriques, blended, then given a further 3 months in barrel. 19.0+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $79.95

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