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Babich The Patriarch Red Blend

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Babich The Patriarch Red Blend

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Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
This is Babich's best red, regardless of the variety or vineyard, but all vintages have been grown in the company's shingly vineyards in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay. It is typically a dark, ripe and complex, deliciously rich red, matured in mostly French oak barriques (30 to 35 per cent new). The 2009 vintage is a very powerful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50 per cent), Malbec (25 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (25 per cent). Highly fragrant, with coffee and spice aromas, mouthfilling body and fresh, concentrated blackcurrant, dark chocolate and plum flavours, showing the boldness and rich spiciness of Malbec, it is finely balanced, complex and savoury. The 2010 is a blend of Merlot (44 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (36 pet cent) and Malbec (20 pet cent). Deeply coloured, it's very youthful, with a strong surge of vibrant blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours and ripe, supple tannins. It's a very harmonious, finely structured wine, full of potential; open 2014+.
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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
This is Babich's best red, regardless of the variety or vineyard, but all vintages have been grown in the company's shingly vineyards in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay. It is typically a dark, ripe and complex, deliciously rich red, matured in mostly French oak barriques (30 to 35 per cent new). The 2009 vintage is a very powerful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50 per cent), Malbec (25 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (25 per cent). Highly fragrant, with coffee and spice aromas, mouthfilling body and fresh, concentrated blackcurrant, dark chocolate and plum flavours, showing the boldness and rich spiciness of Malbec, it is finely balanced, complex and savoury. The 2010 is a blend of Merlot (44 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (36 pet cent) and Malbec (20 pet cent). Deeply coloured, it's very youthful, with a strong surge of vibrant blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours and ripe, supple tannins. It's a very harmonious, finely structured wine, full of potential; open 2014+.
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
This is Babich's best red, regardless of the variety or vineyard, but all vintages have been grown in the company's shingly vineyards in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay. It is typically a dark, ripe and complex, deliciously rich red, matured for 15 to 22 months in mostly French oak barriques (30 to 35 per cent new). The 2005 vintage a 2:1 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, is still fairly youthful, with excellent complexity, depth and harmony. However, the 2006 is disappointing, showing considerable early development. The 2007 vintage brings a return to form. Dense and youthful in colour, it is powerful, with very concentrated blackcurrant and spice flavours, hints of coffee and dark chocolate, firm tannins, and obvious potential. Open 2011+.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
This is Babich's best red, regardless of the variety or vineyard, but all vintages have been grown in the company's shingly vineyards in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay. It is typically a dark, ripe and complex, deliciously rich red, matured for 15 to 22 months in mostly French oak barriques (30 to 35 per cent new). The 2005 vintage a 2:1 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, is still fairly youthful, with excellent complexity, depth and harmony. However, the 2006 is disappointing, showing considerable early development. The 2007 vintage brings a return to form. Dense and youthful in colour, it is powerful, with very concentrated blackcurrant and spice flavours, hints of coffee and dark chocolate, firm tannins, and obvious potential. Open 2011+.
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
This is Babich's best red, regardless of the variety or vineyard, but all vintages have been grown in the company's shingly vineyards in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay. It is typically a dark, ripe and complex, deliciously rich red, matured for 15 to 22 months in mostly French oak barriques (30 to 35 per cent new). The 2005 vintage a 2:1 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, is still fairly youthful, with excellent complexity, depth and harmony. However, the 2006 is disappointing, showing considerable early development. The 2007 vintage brings a return to form. Dense and youthful in colour, it is powerful, with very concentrated blackcurrant and spice flavours, hints of coffee and dark chocolate, firm tannins, and obvious potential. Open 2011+.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
This is Bahich's best red, regardless of the variety or vineyard, and only produced in top vintages. All vintages up to and including the 2000 were 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 spicy oak, The Patriarch is typically a seductively warm, ripe and complex red, deliciously rich. Early releases were American oak-aged, to give a more upfront style than Irongate Cabemet/Merlot, but the wine is now matured in French oak barriques (25 to 30 per cent new). Built for long-term cellaring, the 2002 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60 per cent), Merlot (20 per cent) and Malbec (20 per cent). Dense and youthful in colour, it's a powerful, fruit-crammed wine with vibrant blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, highly concentrated and firm, There is no 2001 or 2003.
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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 vintages up to and including the 2000 were 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 spicy oak, The Patriarch is typically a seductively warm, ripe and complex red, deliciously rich. Early releases were American oak-aged, to give a more upfront style than Irongate Cabernet Merlot, but the wine is now matured in French oak barriques (25 to 30 per cent new). Built for long-term cellaring, the 2002 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60 per cent), Merlot (20 per cent) and Malbec (20 per cent). Dense and youthful in colour, it's a powerful, fruit-crammed wine with vibrant blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, highly concentrated and firm, There is no 2001 or 2003.
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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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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
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