Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

Merlot from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 13-Apr-2017
Full, very dark, deep black-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose has a deep, well-concentrated, rounded core of ripe black plums and black berried fruits along with fragrant herb notes and iron-earth elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and softly plush with ripe fruit flavours of black plums and dark-red berry fruit entwined with subtle notes of dark herbs and iron-earth. The fruit is supports by fine-grained, supple tannin extraction and integrated acidity. The wine flows along a smooth and refined line leading to a lingering, nuanced finish. This is a plush, sweet-fruited Merlot with ripe black plum and berry flavours on a refined, supple palate. Match with pasta, lamb and beef over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from the ‘Irongate’ vineyard, Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending a month on skins and aged 9 months in 20% new French oak. 18.5-/20 Apr 2017 RRP $34.95

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