Babich Irongate Chardonnay (2019)

Babich's flagship Chardonnay. A stylish wine, Irongate was traditionally markedly leaner and tighter than other top Hawke's Bay Chardonnays, while performing well in the cellar, but the latest releases have more drink-young appeal. It is based on hand-picked fruit from the Irongate Vineyard in Gimblett Road, fully barrel-fermented (about 20 per cent new), and lees-matured for up to 10 months. Bright, light lemon/green, the impressive 2019 vintage (5*) is a fragrant, weighty wine, with deep grapefruit and peach flavours, finely integrated oak adding complexity, balanced acidity and a very harmonious, persistent finish. Likely to be long-lived, it should be at its best 2023+.

Details

Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2019
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $35 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

This wine is a Classic.

When to drink: 2023

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2019; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 29
Vintage: 2018; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 28
Vintage: 2017; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 27
Vintage: 2016; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 27
Vintage: 2015; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 26
Vintage: 2014; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Vintage: 2013; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed February 2022

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