Grand elegance

Babich The Patriarch 2015, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $79.95

A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and malbec from the Gimblett Gravels district of Hawke’s Bay. Rich, complex and quite mellow red with cedar and cassis dominating other plum and spicy oak flavours. There is also a suggestion of savoury old leather, malt extract and liquorice character. An intriguing wine with a character all of its own. (Cork)

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: now to 2024

Food: Lamb ribs with skordalia & cumin paprika oil

Stockists: Babich Wines cellar door, Auckland; Domaine Wine Shippers – Vic (AU distributors)

 

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