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Babich The Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon

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Babich The Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon

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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
This is Babich's best red, regardless of the variety or vineyard, and only produced in top vintages. All the releases so far, however, have been unblended Cabernet Sauvignons grown in the company's shingly vineyards in Gimblen Road, Hawke's Bay. Dark and lush, with the aromas of blackcurrants and spicy oak, it is typically a seductively warm, ripe and complex red with deliciously rich flavour. The early vintages were American oak-aged, to give The Patriarch a more upfront style than Irongate Cabernet Merlot, but the wine is now matured in French oak barriques. Built for cellaring, the 2000 vintage is deeply coloured, robust and concentrated, with warm, ripe blackcurrant, plum and dark chocolate characters, spicy oak, firm tannins and good mouthfeel.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
This is Babich's best red of each vintage, regardless of the variety or vineyard. All the releases so far, however, have been unblended Cabernet Sauvignons grown in the company's shingly vineyards in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay. Dark and lush, with the aromas of blackcurrants and sweet oak, it is typically a seductively warm, ripe and complex red with deliciously rich flavour. Its strong American oak influence (typically 80 per cent) gives it a more upfront style than Irongate Cabernet Merlot, and the Patriarch spends longer in oak (two years, compared to a year to 18 months). The 1998 vintage shows dense, inky colour, with intense blackcurrant aromas. A well-structured red with great potential, it's a full-blooded style, marrying strong American oak with sweet, ripe, powerful fruit
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
This is Babich's best red of each vintage, regardless of the variety or vineyard. All the releases so far; however, have been unblended Cabernet Sauvignons grown in the company's shingly vineyards in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay. Dark and lush, with the aromas of blackcurrants and sweet oak, it is typically a seductively warm, ripe and complex red with deliciously rich flavour. Its strong American oak influence (typically 80 per cent) gives it a more upfront style than Irongate Cabernet Merlot, and the Patriarch spends longer in oak (two years, compared to a year to 18 months). Slightly less generous than the 1994 and 1995, the 1996 vintage is a taut, youthful wine with vibrant colour, sweet oak on the nose, concentrated cassis/spice flavours and an underlay of firm tannins. There is no 1997. Tasted as a barrel sample, the 1998 looked huge, with a tidal wave of flavour and enormous power.
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
This is Babich's best red of each vintage, regardless of the variety or vineyard. All the releases so far; however, have been unblended Cabernet Sauvignons grown in the company's shingly vineyards in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay. Dark and lush, with the aromas of blackcurrants and sweet oak, it is typically a seductively warm, ripe and complex red with deliciously rich flavour. Its strong American oak influence (typically 80 per cent) gives it a more upfront style than Irongate Cabernet Merlot, and the Patriarch spends longer in oak (two years, compared to a year to 18 months). Slightly less generous than the 1994 and 1995, the 1996 vintage is a taut, youthful wine with vibrant colour, sweet oak on the nose, concentrated cassis/spice flavours and an underlay of firm tannins. There is no 1997. Tasted as a barrel sample, the 1998 looked huge, with a tidal wave of flavour and enormous power.
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
This is Babich's best red of each vintage, regardless of the variety or vineyard. All the releases so far; however, have been unblended Cabernet Sauvignons grown in the company's shingly vineyards in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay. Dark and lush, with the aromas of blackcurrants and sweet oak, it is typically a seductively warm, ripe and complex red with deliciously rich flavour. Its strong American oak influence (typically 80 per cent) gives it a more upfront style than Irongate Cabernet Merlot, and the Patriarch spends longer in oak (two years, compared to a year to 18 months). Slightly less generous than the 1994 and 1995, the 1996 vintage is a taut, youthful wine with vibrant colour, sweet oak on the nose, concentrated cassis/spice flavours and an underlay of firm tannins. There is no 1997. Tasted as a barrel sample, the 1998 looked huge, with a tidal wave of flavour and enormous power.
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