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 2017 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.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Made with cabernets sauvignon and franc with merlot showcasing aromas of fresh black fruits and tobacco, cigar box, graphite and plum. Other aromas include dried roses and iodine, balck olive and baking spice. Fabulous on the palate reflecting both varieties and place with flavours of dark berries and floral non-fruit attributes as well as a stony rocky mineral quality. Firm tannins and acidity suggest more integration time required or decanting if early drinking reuqired. A lengthy dry finish."
The winery writes "Red plums, cassis and boysenberry aromas with a hint of kirsch and vanilla. Entry combines sweet and savoury elements. Red cherries, plum and underlying cedar flavours carry through the palate and linger attractively. Medium weighted and elegant."