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Babich Irongate Chardonnay

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Babich Irongate Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
Babich's flagship Chardonnay. A stylish wine, Irongate has traditionally been 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, west of Hastings, whole-bunch pressed, fully barrel-fermented (about 20 per cent new), and lees-matured for up to nine months. Malolactic fermentation was rare up to and including the 2002, but is now a growing influence. The 2006 is a rich, creamy wine with citrusy, deftly oaked, slightly minerally flavours, drinking well now. The 2007 is a top vintage. Very sweet-fruited and rounded, it has deep peach and grapefruit flavours, hints of nuts and biscuits, and excellent complexity and fragrance. Drink now or cellar.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
A stylish, taut wine, often slightly leaner in its youth than other top Chardonnays, but a proven performer in the cellar. It is based on intensely flavoured, hand-picked fruit from the shingly Irongate vineyard in Gimblett Road, west of Hastings, whole-bunch pressed, fully barrel-fermented and lees-matured for up to nine months. Malolactic fermentation is rare. The 1992, 1995 and 1996 vintages are stars and the 1998 is brilliant - weighty and rounded, with rich grapefruit and mealy flavours, complex, structured and long. The 2000 vintage is the first to be fermented in new, temperature-controlled barrel rooms. Still youthful, with fresh grapefruit and subtle mealy notes in a highly refined, tight, restrained style, it's a classic Irongate that needs time to show its hand
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
A stylish, taut wine, often slightly leaner in its youth than other top Chardonnays, but a proven performer in the cellar. It is based on intensely flavoured, hand-picked (since 1998) fruit from the shingly Irongate vineyard in Gimblett Road, west of Hastings, fully barrel-fermented and lees-matured for up to nine months. Malolactic fermentation is rare. The 1992, 1995 and 1996 vintages are stars, but the 1997 is a fast developer, with a touch of Botrytis-derived honey. The 1998 is brilliant - weighty and rounded, with rich grapefruit and mealy flavours, complex, structured and long. The 1999 is not as lush and soft as the '98, but still a classic Irongate, fresh, elegant and tight, with a very fragrant bouquet and firm acidity woven through its citrusy, mealy, highly refined flavours. The 2000 Irongate, reports winemaker Neill Culley, is 'pretty incredible'.
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James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is smooth and rich with nicely balanced and integrated oak; the surprisingly delicate and lively palate has excellent nectarine fruit flavours and a nice, bright finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
A stylish, taut and steely wine, often leaner in its youth than other top Chardonnays, but a proven performer in the cellar. It is based on intensely flavoured, hand-picked (since 1998) fruit from the shingly Irongate vineyard in Gimblett Road, west of Hastings, fully barrel-fermented and lees-matured for up to nine months. Malolactic fermentation is rare. The 1995 and 1992 vintages are both stars; the 1996 is another classic, intense, finely structured and still far from fully developed. Much more forward, the 1997 is a good but not great Irongate - light gold, mouthfilling and full-flavoured, with considerable complexity and good acidity, but also a touch of Botrytis-derived honey. Drink it over the next year or two. The 1998, tasted prior to bottling, looked excellent - a powerful, high alcohol wine with intense citrus fruit flavours intermeshed with mealy, biscuity complexities.
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James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; complex, bottle-developed nutty overtones to the fruit; subtle oak. The palate has good length and grip, with nice peach, melon and cashew fruit retention in a soft, generous mould. However, do not delay in drinking it.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
90
Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
A stylish, taut and steely wine, often leaner in its youth than other top Chardonnays, but a proven performer in the cellar. It is based on intensely flavoured, hand-picked (since 1998) fruit from the shingly Irongate vineyard in Gimblett Road, west of Hastings, fully barrel-fermented and lees-matured for up to nine months. Malolactic fermentation is rare. The 1995 and 1992 vintages are both stars; the 1996 is another classic, intense, finely structured and still far from fully developed. Much more forward, the 1997 is a good but not great Irongate - light gold, mouthfilling and full-flavoured, with considerable complexity and good acidity, but also a touch of Botrytis-derived honey. Drink it over the next year or two. The 1998, tasted prior to bottling, looked excellent - a powerful, high alcohol wine with intense citrus fruit flavours intermeshed with mealy, biscuity complexities.
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
A stylish, taut and steely wine, often leaner in its youth than other top Chardonnays, but a proven performer in the cellar. It is based on intensely flavoured, hand-picked (since 1998) fruit from the shingly Irongate vineyard in Gimblett Road, west of Hastings, fully barrel-fermented and lees-matured for up to nine months. Malolactic fermentation is rare. The 1995 and 1992 vintages are both stars; the 1996 is another classic, intense, finely structured and still far from fully developed. Much more forward, the 1997 is a good but not great Irongate - light gold, mouthfilling and full-flavoured, with considerable complexity and good acidity, but also a touch of Botrytis-derived honey. Drink it over the next year or two. The 1998, tasted prior to bottling, looked excellent - a powerful, high alcohol wine with intense citrus fruit flavours intermeshed with mealy, biscuity complexities.
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
A stylish, taut and steely wine, often leaner in its youth than other top Chardonnays, but a proven performer in the cellar. It is based on intensely flavoured, hand-picked (since 1998) fruit from the shingly Irongate vineyard in Gimblett Road, west of Hastings, fully barrel-fermented and lees-matured for up to nine months. Malolactic fermentation is rare. The 1995 and 1992 vintages are both stars; the 1996 is another classic, intense, finely structured and still far from fully developed. Much more forward, the 1997 is a good but not great Irongate - light gold, mouthfilling and full-flavoured, with considerable complexity and good acidity, but also a touch of Botrytis-derived honey. Drink it over the next year or two. The 1998, tasted prior to bottling, looked excellent - a powerful, high alcohol wine with intense citrus fruit flavours intermeshed with mealy, biscuity complexities.
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Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
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