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Babich Irongate Cabernet Merlot Franc

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Babich Irongate Cabernet Merlot Franc

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WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Winestate 2011
Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
Grown in the Iron gate Vineyard in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay and matured in French oak barriques (30 per cent new), this elegant, complex, firmly structured red is designed for cellaring. The 2009 vintage is a sturdy, rich and flowing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (67 per cent), Merlot (25 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (8 per cent). A very stylish wine in the Bordeaux mould, it has deep blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, finely integrated French oak and ripe, supple tannins. The 2010 is fragrant and full-coloured, with good concentration of youthful blackcurrant, herb, plum and spice flavours, hints of coffee and dark chocolate, ripe tannins and the structure to age well; open 2013 onwards. These are not blockbuster reds, but quietly classy and very satisfying.
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WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Stylish, rich and flowing Gimblett Gravels blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Very elegant wine in the Bordeaux mould, with deep blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, finely integrated French oak and ripe, supple tannins. Best 2014+.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
Grown in the Iron gate Vineyard in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay and matured in French oak barriques (30 per cent new), this elegant, complex, firmly structured red is designed for cellaring. The 2009 vintage is a sturdy, rich and flowing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (67 per cent), Merlot (25 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (8 per cent). A very stylish wine in the Bordeaux mould, it has deep blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, finely integrated French oak and ripe, supple tannins. The 2010 is fragrant and full-coloured, with good concentration of youthful blackcurrant, herb, plum and spice flavours, hints of coffee and dark chocolate, ripe tannins and the structure to age well; open 2013 onwards. These are not blockbuster reds, but quietly classy and very satisfying.
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WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Elegant, very youthful blend of cabernet sauvignon (66%), merlot (24%) and cabernet franc (10%). Deeply coloured, with pure blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, hints of herbs and coffee, and ripe, supple tannins. Best drinking 2012+.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
Grown in the Irongate Vineyard in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay and matured in French oak barriques (30 per cent new), this elegant, complex, firmly structured red is designed for cellaring. The 2005 vintage is a classic - classy and refined. Deeply coloured, it has pure, blackcurrant-like flavours to the fore, rich and ripe, but not heavy, in a subtle style that will appeal strongly to Bordeaux lovers. The 2006 is not a great year. Full and slightly advanced in colour, it has leathery, spicy flavours, showing complexity and depth, but also a lack of optimal ripeness, with leafy notes and considerable development.
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
Grown in the Irongate Vineyard in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay and matured in French oak barriques (30 per cent new), this elegant, complex, firmly structured red is designed for cellaring. The 2005 vintage is a classic - classy and refined. Deeply coloured, it has pure, blackcurrant-like flavours to the fore, rich and ripe, but not heavy, in a subtle style that will appeal strongly to Bordeaux lovers. The 2006 is not a great year. Full and slightly advanced in colour, it has leathery, spicy flavours, showing complexity and depth, but also a lack of optimal ripeness, with leafy notes and considerable development.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Grown in the Irongate vineyard in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay and matured in French oak barriques (new and seasoned), this is typically a deeply flavoured, complex, firmly structured red, designed for cellaring. The 2001 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon [63 per cent), Merlot (33 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (4 per cent). Elegant, rather than a blockbuster, it is full-coloured, fresh and vibrant, with sweet fruit flavours, savoury, spicy characters adding complexity and ripe, supple tannins. It's a relatively forward vintage; drink now onwards,
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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