Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ ‘Gimblett Road Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-Apr-2018
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with aromas of spicy, dark-red plums melded with a layer of spicy and cedary oak, unfolding subtle notes of black earth and minerals. This is very smooth and harmoniously presented. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich flavours of ripe blackberries and black plums, interwoven with a layer of spices and cedar, and some earthy detail. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure, along with a fine thread of acidity. This has good richness and mouthfilling presence, and the flavours carry to a sustained finish of spiced plums and cedary oak. This is a smooth and harmonious Merlot with flavours of spiced plums and oak cedar with good structure and body. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat over the next 5-6 years. A blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Malbec, from the ‘Gimblett Road’ vineyard, fermented to 13.48% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 25% new French oak. 18.0/20 Apr 2018 RRP $34.95

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