Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ ‘Gimblett Road Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 03-Feb-2015
Very full, deep, black-red colour, near impenetrable at heart, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegant and seamlessly presented with good intensity of savoury dark red berry and plum aromas interwoven with leathery and earthy complexities suggesting secondary development. Medium-full bodied, the palate is tightly concentrated and well-proportioned with rich, lusciously juicy black plum and dark red berry fruits. A little earth, leather and tobacco unfolds, along with spices and lifted oak. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity providing structure and liveliness. The wine flows to a long and concentrated dry finish. This is a concentrated and finely structured, sweetly ripe Merlot with some savoury, leathery aromatics. Serve with Middle Eastern lamb, and red game meat dishes over the next 6-7+ years. Fruit from the ‘Irongate’ vineyard, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins up to one month and aged 9 months in new and seasoned French oak. 18.0/20 Jan 2015 RRP $30.00

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