Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ ‘Gimblett Road Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2012

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 16-Mar-2014
Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with some garnet hues on rim. The bouquet is elegant with light herbal-infused redcurranty fruit, along with oak resin, spices, mint and an amalgam of eucalypt and cedar. Some secondary dried herb notes unfold with aeration. Medium-light bodied, soft flavours of red and blackcurrants meld with smoke, herbs and spices, the oaking a little resinous. The palate flows seamlessly and smoothly, with light tannin extraction in support, forming a fine granular line that carries through to a dry, textured finish with herbs and cedar, and good length. This is a soft-textured Merlot with a flavour amalgam of herbs, cedar and smoke. Match with pastas, pizza and semi-hard cheese over the next 3+ years. Merlot fruit from the ’Irongate’ vineyard fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine spending approx. one month on skins and aged 9 months in new and seasoned French oak. 17.0-/20 Mar 2014 RRP $30.00

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