2016, Babich Black Label, Sauvignon Blanc, Malborough, South Island, New Zealand, 13% Alc, CT88.6

Article number: 2016 Babich, Sauvignon Blanc
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Winery Notes:


Sauvignon Blanc



Recommended Food:

This award winning wine can be enjoyed with a variety of food. Serve with veal, seafood (brilliant with oysters) or a chicken dish, such as a mild chicken korma with crispy poppadums.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-3 years

Production Notes:

After harvest at our Marlborough vineyards, the grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks, where most of the juice was fermented at a range of temperatures to capture the intense varietal flavours. A small portion of juice was fermented in old oak barriques to contribute to the weight and complexity of the wine. After extensive tasting trials by the winemakers, the wine was then blended, finished and bottled.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.0%
TA: 6.3g/l
pH: 3.17
Residual Sugar: 2.9g/l

Tasting Notes:

Elegant and intense nose - a dance of blackcurrant/passionfruit and complex smoky herbals. Textured and very long palate with exuberant, yet integrated, fruit. Citrus notes and flint add drive. Layered and powerful.

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“Bold, spicy, fresh, fruity and concentrated aromas of peach, apple, sweet grapefruit and some tropical fruits. On the palate – spicy and very fruity, textures and silky acidity, flavours of peaches and tropical fruits laced with citrus, great balance and length.”
– Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, October 2016 edition of TheShout FMCG

“The ‘Black Label’ wines are mostly seen in restaurants. The outstanding 2016 vintage (5*), partly barrel-fermented, is a mouthfilling, vibrantly fruity, finely textured wine with concentrated, ripe, passionfruit and lime flavours to the fore, subtle oak/lees-aging notes adding complexity, and a rich, dry (2.9 grams/litre residual sugar), well-rounded finish.”
-Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz , May 2017

“Brilliant light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim.  The nose is elegantly presented with good intensity and penetrating aromas of ripe, fragrant passionfruit melded with fresh herbs, gooseberries and nettles lifted by white florals and minerals.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has finely concentrated flavours of passionfruit, fresh herbs, blackcurrant leaf and nettles, along with minerally notes.  The mouthfeel is fresh and taut with very good intensity and depth, the flavours flowing along a fine-textured, slippery line with crisp, zesty acidity driving the wine to a long, lingering finish of passionfruit and herbs.  This is a tightly bound, intense and deeply flavoured Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, herb and minerally notes.”
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, April 2017

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