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Heritage Series Anniversary Label Hawke’s Bay Premium Red

Select Vintage

2016

Grape:

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc

Region:

Hawke's Bay

Recommended Food:

Ideal with roasted red meats. It makes a good partner for a whole fillet beef, roasted rare. Also perfect with a tasty winter casseroled stew.

Recommended Cellaring:

Up to 10 years

Production Notes:

Selected crops of fruit were harvested, then fermented in small open vats and hand plunged. After an extended maceration period the new wines were drained to French oak casks (35% new), to mature. The wine spent a total of 15 months in oak.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.8%
TA: 6.4g/l
pH: 3.69
Residual Sugar: Dry

Tasting Notes:

Warm and plummy aromas mingle with iron, cassis and blackberry. The palate is dark fruited, smooth and dense with plum, cedar and spice. Fine, seamless tannins and lingering savoury notes.

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Technical

Alcohol:

13.8%

Clonal Selection:

Various

Fermentation:

Regular cap management (3-4 per day), extended post ferment maceration with skins.

Fermentation Vessel:

Open top fermenters

Filtration:

Yes

Fining:

Gelatin

Grape:

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc

Harvest Analysis:

22.5-23 Brix; pH 3.4-3.5; TA 4.9-6.2 g/l

Harvest Dates:

Merlot 30th March, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc 12-15th April

Harvest Method:

Machine and handpicked

Malolactic:

Yes

Maturation:

15 months in French oak casks, 35% new

pH:

3.69

Processing:

Crushed & de-stemmed

Residual Sugar:

Dry

TA:

6.4 g/l

Year:

2016

Awards

GOLD MEDAL – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018

94 POINTS – Bob Campbell, www.therealreview.com, July 2018

5 STARS – Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, 2018

Reviews

The Heritage Anniversary Label is a blast from the past, but this dense and flavoursome Gimblett Gravels blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc is as modern as a Tesla EV. Quite a concentrated, oaky red, with dark berry, liquorice, and spice flavours together with a slightly syrupy texture.
94 POINTS, Bob Campbell MW, www.therealreview.com, Jul 2018

“Carrying the company’s Cabernet Sauvignon label from the 1970s, the classy, elegant 2016 vintage (5*) is a celebration of Babich’s 100-year history, produced in quite large volumes (about 1,000 cases). French oak-aged for 15 months, it is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Full-coloured, with fresh, youthful, blackcurrant-like aromas, it is mouthfilling and supple, with strong, ripe cassis, plum and spice flavours, nutty, savoury notes adding complexity, fine-grained tannins, and a very harmonious finish. Still a baby, it should be long-lived; open 2021+.”
5 STARS
-Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, 2018