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Black Label Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Select Vintage

2017

Grape:

Chardonnay

Region:

Hawke's Bay

Recommended Food:

Can be enjoyed with a variety of food. Try it with char-grilled squid and lemon butter sauce, or barbecued chicken.

Recommended Cellaring:

1-5 years

Production Notes:

Grapes from our Gimblett Rd, Eskdale and Fernhill Vineyards in Hawkes Bay were fermented in tank to retain primary fruit, an extended time was spent on lees to introduce richness and complexity. After blending the wine was lightly fined.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.0%
TA: 6.4g/L
pH: 3.35
Residual Sugar: 2.0g/L

Tasting Notes:

Floral and fruity aromas with persimmon, Granny Smith and honeydew melon. Sweet fruited and peachy on entry. Soft and medium weighted with fresh ripe apples lingering on the finish.

Technical

Alcohol:

13.2%

Clonal Selection:

Mendoza & CI15

Fermentation:

16.5 °C

Fermentation Vessel:

Stainless Steel Vats

Filtration:

Yes

Fining:

Skim Milk

Grape:

Chardonnay

Harvest Analysis:

21.5 °Brix; pH 3.41; TA 7.2 g/L

Harvest Dates:

18-22nd March

Harvest Method:

Machine

Malolactic:

No

Maturation:

6 months on lees

pH:

3.35

Processing:

Crushed and de-stemmed

Residual Sugar:

2.0g/L

TA:

6.4g/L

Year:

2017

Awards

90 POINTS – James Suckling, www.jamesuckling.com

4 STARS -Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz

Reviews

“Nicely composed white-peach aromas with hints of limes.  The palate has toasty, grilled-hazelnut flavors, as well as a neat array of ripe, fleshy peaches to close.”
90 POINTS
-James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com

“Tank-fermented and lees-aged ‘with oak contact’, it is pale lemon/green, full-bodied, vibrant wines, sweet-fruited and slightly creamy, with generous stone-fruit flavours, balanced acidity and tasty notes adding depth and complexity.”
4 STARS
-Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz

“Flavoursome, fruit-focused chardonnay with peach, guava, biscuit, ginger, struck flint, sea salt and spicy oak flavours, with a backbone of crisp acidity driving a moderately lengthy finish.”
– Bob Campbell, www.realreview.com, Apr 2019

“Bright, pale straw colour, lighter edged.  The nose is elegant with moderate depth and concentration of white and yellow stonefruits, along with subtle notes of citrus fruit, and suggestions of fragrant, nutty detail.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is fresh and bright with lightly concentrated flavours of white and yellow stonefruits, entwined with subtle nutty notes, and hints of cream from the MLF.  The mouthfeel is refreshing and bright, with fine, lacy acidity, and the wine flows with good energy and tension, carrying to a clean, dry finish of stonefruits and nuts.  This is a fresh, bright, finely concentrated Chardonnay with stonefruit and hints of nutty and creamy detail.”
– Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Apr 2018

2016

Grape:

Chardonnay

Region:

Hawke's Bay

Recommended Food:

Can be enjoyed with a variety of food. Try it with char-grilled squid and lemon butter sauce, or barbecued chicken.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-3 years

Production Notes:

Grapes from our Gimblett Rd and Fernhill Vineyards in Hawkes Bay were fermented in tank to retain primary fruit, an extended time was spent on lees to introduce richness and complexity. After blending the wine was lightly fined.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.0%
TA: 6.5g/l
pH: 3.5
Residual Sugar: 2.0g/L

Tasting Notes:

Lemon and peach with a hint of cashew on the nose. Nicely fruited – with peach, apple and nectarine, well integrated caramel notes and lingering citrus.

Babich Wines - Hawke's Bay Chardonnay Black Label NZ