95 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
Irongate is the Flagship chardonnay release from Babich and consistently ranks among Hawke's Bay's top chardonnay releases. The 2020 is vinted in a medium - full bodied style and the palate shows creamy stone fruit and toasty oak notes. Another sensational release from this iconic producer.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "A lovely bouquet with a complex package of aromas from cashew nut to baked peach, whispers of butterscotch and new sweet French oak. Vanilla and raw sugar scents with a fine toasty wood quality, apple, a touch of quince and pear then grapefruit. In other words - complex. On the palate - equally complex with a distinctive palate texture from fine tannins, acidity and contrasting core of fruit. There’s a touch of wood smoke and stony earthy qualities as well. Youthful and needing some cellar time to integrate properly with best drinking from late 2022 through 2030+."
The winery writes "Cashew and peach aromas with a lovely mealyness and a fennel edge. Sweet peachy entry with cashew again and layers of vanilla, cedar and apple that all push through to the finish to linger - joined there by grapefruit and spice. Intense with good volume and power. Rich and complex."