Babich The Patriarch Cab Sauv 750ml
This is the 'big gun' from Babich that is only produced in exceptional years. Made from fruit grown in Hawkes Bay, it is a blend of 64% cab sav, 23% merlot and 13% malbec. It's quite a dense, concentrated wine showing aromas of cassis, dark plums, nuttiness and spiced berries. The palate is plummy, spicy and super-tight, with a good lick of oak joining the party together with textured tannins and a rich, long finish. It's a bit of a surly teenager at the moment, but a quick decant or a few more years in the cellar will bring it out of it's shell.