Babich Irongate Chardonnay (2017)

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 shingly Irongate Vineyard in Gimblett Road, fully barrel-fermented (about 20 per cent new), and lees-matured for up to 10 months. Malolactic fermentation was very rare up to the 2002, but has since exerted a growing influence. The 2017 vintage (4.5*) is a full-bodied, very youthful wine. Tightly structured, it has strong, fresh grapefruit and peach flavours, finely integrated oak adding complexity, excellent delicacy and harmony, and a long finish. Best drinking 2020+.

Details

Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2017
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $40 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2019

This wine is a Classic.

When to drink: 2020

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