2016 Babich Irongate Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot

2016 Babich Irongate Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot

94 Points Cameron Douglas MS
2016 Babich Irongate Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot
94 Points Cameron Douglas MS

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Now just starting to hit its straps but with a tonne of life still in it this is a beauty and we have a wee deal on it also. Always a consistent ageworthy red that has been produced for 30+ years. A classy Bordeaux style from Hawkes Bay. Babich are old hands in the region and the Irongate is superb real estate on the famous Gimblett Gravels. In this wine they keep to their classy line, with medium body and bright fruit on an elegant and beautifully tempered frame of fine acid and ripe tannins. An age-worthy wine that is not about power so much as balance -- and sheer quality.

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54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc

Its Origins

Babich Wines have been proud producers of fine New Zealand wines since 1916, when Croatian immigrant Josip Babich produced his first vintage. 100 years on, their family business has three generations of winemaking experience behind it, vineyards in New Zealand’s finest wine regions, and a passion for winemaking as a way of life. Managing Director, Joe Babich, a long-standing senior wine judge, during more than thirty-five vintages as winemaker has long been acclaimed as one of New Zealand’s most talented and most respected winemakers and wine judges, and has carved out a reputation for consistently outstanding wines.

What The Critics Say

94/100 Cameron Douglas MS

"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." Drink 2022 - 2030

94/100 Decanter, Rebecca Gibb

"An impressive, elegant, mid-weight Cabernet-led blend that could easily be confused for a decent Bordeaux. Expect some attractive and integrated pyrazine-derived herbal aromas in the layered, youthful, dense black fruit. The tannins are abundant yet resolved, providing a snug jacket that grips the body. It displays a smart use of oak, with cedar and Christmas spices providing fragrance on the long finish. Very well done." Drink 2020 - 2030

5 Stars Michael Cooper

"Grown in the Irongate Vineyard and aged in French oak barriques (40 per cent new in 2016), this elegant, complex, firmly structured red is designed for cellaring. Retasted in April 2019, the 2016 vintage (5*) has promisingly deep, youthful colour. Fragrant and mouthfilling, it is well-structured, with deep blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, oak complexity, good tannin backbone and excellent cellaring potential; open 2022+." Drink 2022+

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Merlot Blend

  • Colour


  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


  • Maturity

    2020 - 2030

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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