Babich Irongate Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Cabernet/Merlot/Franc (2016)

Estate-grown in the Irongate Vineyard and matured in French oak barriques (40 per cent new in 2016), this elegant, complex, firmly structured red is made for cellaring. Still on sale, the 2016 vintage (5*) has deep, youthful colour. Fragrant and mouthfilling, it is well-structured, with strong blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, oak complexity, good tannin backbone, and excellent cellaring potential; open 2022+.

Details

Type: Red Wines
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet-predominant blends
Vintage: 2016
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $40 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

This wine is a Classic.

When to drink: 2022

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2016; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 26
Vintage: 2015; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 27
Vintage: 2014; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Vintage: 2013; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Vintage: 2012; Winemaker’s Rating: 5/7; When to Drink: P – P
Vintage: 2011; Winemaker’s Rating: 4/7; When to Drink: P – P
Vintage: 2010; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 22
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed February 2022

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