Babich ‘Winemaker’s Reserve’ ‘Gimblett Road Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2011

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Apr-2012
Bright, deep, ruby-red with purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose has light, restrained plum and fresh, dark herb aromas that open up to reveal oak lift and attractive milk chocolate notes. Medium-bodied, this has bright plum, dark cherry and redcurrant fruit flavours, along with fresh, zesty acidity which lifts the fruitiness. The tannins are fine-grained and supple, the extraction modest, resulting in smooth textures. Light flavours of herbs and plums feature on the moderately sustained finish. This light, bright and racy Merlot is a fresh, supple and smooth. Match with pasta, pizza, poultry and hard cheeses over the next 3-4+ years. Fruit from the ‘Irongate' vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels fermented to 12.7% alc., the wine aged 8 months in 20% new French oak barrels. 16.5/20 Apr 2012 RRP $30.00

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