FIVE STARS | Michael Cooper
FIVE STARS | Winestate Magazine
94 POINTS | Rebecca Gibb MW, Decanter Magazine
94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
Babich has been producing Irongate Cabernet Merlot since 1986 and it has an enviable reputation for consistency and real value. The 2016 comes fron an excellent Hawkes Bay vintage and is a typically harmonious release that is now entering its best drinking window. This wine will blossom further over the next 10 years. All class.
Sweetly perfumed aromas - clove and cinnamon backed up with dark plums, vanilla and a touch of cedar. The palate is richly fruited. Plums and forest berries with savoury leather and cigar notes. Seamless and dense tannins add to the sense of warmth. Opulence nicely balanced with a red vibrancy and spice on the finish.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Dark ruby core with bright purple and ruby rim. Lovely bouquet lifted aromatics highlighting violets and sweet red berry fruits, plums, soft tobacco, hay, a hint of leather and sweet red bell-pepper. Textured firm(ish) and dry on the palate with flavours that match the nose, firm tannins and plenty of acidity, quite complex and lengthy on the finish. A complete wine with some cellar time ahead. Decant for service with best drinking from 2022 through 2030."