Gold Medal
95 Points
5 Stars Michael Cooper
5 Stars Raymond Chan
Sydney Top 100
  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 100% Chardonnay


Regions : Hawkes Bay

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Blue-Gold – Sydney International Wine Competition 2018
Gold Medal – Hawkes Bay Wine Awards 2017
Gold Medal & 95/100 – Global Chardonnay Masters 2017

Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"We have been producing Babich Irongate Chardonnay since 1985 and it has evolved into this richly flavoured, balanced and elegant wine. The vines from this now-famous Gimblett Gravels ‘Irongate’ Hawke’s Bay vineyard are selected at pruning, and crop levels are closely monitored to ensure excellent flavour concentration in the Mendoza grapes.

Selected parcels of hand harvested fruit were gently whole bunch pressed. The free run was put to French oak, for wild fermentation. After primary ferment the wine was lees stirred to add complexity and build palate weight. The wine spent just under ten months in barrel before assembly and bottling.

Aromas of peach, apple and sweet oats overlay citrus and spice. Creamy and super smooth seamless entry into an rich and driving palate. Peach and orange rind; cashew with a touch of lemon grass. Great balance power and length."

5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"Babich's flagship Chardonnay. A stylish wine, Irongate was traditionally markedly leaner and tighter than other top Hawke's Bay Chardonnays, while performing well in the cellar, but the latest releases have more drink-young appeal. It is based on hand-picked fruit from the shingly Irongate Vineyard in Gimblett Road, fully barrel-fermented (about 20 per cent new), and lees-matured for up to 10 months. Malolactic fermentation was very rare up to the 2002, but has since exerted a growing influence. The 2016 vintage (5*) is already delicious. The bouquet is fragrant, mealy and slightly smoky; the palate weighty, sweet-fruited and generous, with rich, ripe, grapefruit-like flavours to the fore, finely integrated oak, excellent delicacy and complexity, and a long finish. A very elegant and harmonious wine, it should be at its best 2019+."

95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, November 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Bold, expressive, spicy, intense bouquet. Aromas and flavours of crushed yellow stone fruits, baked apple, wood spices, raw brown sugar and baking spices. A fully charged expression. Full-bodied, woody and ripe-fruited style; medium+ acidity and lengthy finish. A wine for all occasions.”

94/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, March 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Moderately weighty chardonnay with white peach, citrus, grapefruit and assertive spicy oak flavours. The wine has an appealingly ethereal texture and lengthy finish. Needs a little bottle age but approachable now."

5 Stars & 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan, April 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter edged. The nose is elegant in proportion and tightly bound with fine and intense aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, along with citrus fruit, melded with delicate mealy complexities, subtle creamy barrel-ferment elements, nutty oak and minerals. This possesses finesse. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fine-featured and taut with intense flavours of white stonefruits interwoven with subtle creamy barrel-ferment elements, mealy nuances, and nutty, smoky oak. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively, enhanced by lacy acidity, and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line, leading to a sustained, nuanced finish. This is a taut and elegant, intensely flavoured Chardonnay with stonefruit, mealy and nutty flavours on a fresh palate of finesse. Serve with grilled and roasted seafood and poultry over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Irongate’ vineyard, two-thirds WBP and fully indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 20% new French oak barriques, with minimal MLF."

91/100 Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"The Irongate range comprises Babich’s top-end releases. The 2016 Irongate Chardonnay comes from the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay and was entirely barrel fermented, seeing 20% new French oak. It’s a ripe, medium to full-bodied wine, with scents and flavors of peach and melon and an overlay of toasted nuts and dried spices"

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