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Babich Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Babich Irongate Vineyard is situated in the stony soils of Hawke's Bay, Gimblett Gravels wine district in New Zealand's North Island. In Stock 51
New Zealand Wine - Family Owned Since 1916

Babich Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet

New Zealand Wine - Family Owned Since 1916

Babich Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Wine Facts ...

Vintage
- 2011
Country/Region
- New Zealand | North Island
Sub-Region
- Hawkes Bay - Gimblett Gravels
Variety/Blend
- 68% Merlot - 32% Cabernet Sauvignon
Climate
- Maritime | Pacific Ocean
Influences
- Kaweka and Ruahine Mountain Ranges
Oak
- 6 Months French Oak
Soil
- Well Drained Gravel
Alc - Btl - Rs
- 13% - 75cl - 0.0g/L

Merlot Cabernet 2011 Description ...

Hawke's Bay is located in New Zealand's wine producing North Island, with a high percentage of vineyards planted in and around Hastings and Napier. The region is divided into 12 districts, all located within the 5 river valleys, which offer protection from the cooler Pacific Ocean breezes. Babich Irongate Vineyard is located within Gimblett Gravels, which formed part of the Ngaruroro River bed. The soils are made up of stony gravels, mixed with sandy loam, combined with the climate the region is similar to that of Bordeaux.

Fairley's Wines Tasting Note ...

The resulting Babich Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet appears almost garnet with pronounced intensity. The nose is an austere of savoury black fruit, mingled with ripe red fruit character, spice and hints of liquorice. The palate is full of sweet blackberries, wild blackcurrants and silky soft plum, the gentle oak gives way to cocoa and leather, finishing savoury soft, with lingering dark fruit character. This Babich medium bodied red is definitely a food wine of character, that requires 1-2 hours to-breathe and will continue to get better with age 3-5 years. Best served with smoked meats, salamis with antipasto and beef casserole or lamb shanks.
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