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Family Estates Cowslip Valley Riesling

This Babich Riesling from our Cowslip Valley Vineyard in the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough, is grown on a cool, and sometimes frost prone, site with moderately fertile silt soils overlying deep layers of free draining gravel. Good body and complex flavours on the palate are typical for Rieslings grown on this superior site.

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2016

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Cowslip Valley (Waihop Valley)

Recommended Food:

An excellent partner to a wide range of foods, ideal with Asian dishes, or try it with mussel and kumara patties, drizzled with home-made lime-spiked mayonnaise.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-6 years

Production Notes:

These grapes were harvested at low Brix. The free run juice was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks to retain aromatic varietal character, with various different yeasts and at different temperatures. The ferments were stopped before completion to retain the level of natural sweetness that perfectly balances the acidity.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.5%
TA: 6.3g/l
pH: 3.12
Residual Sugar: 9.4g/l

Tasting Notes:

The nose is lifted with orange and lime blossom and layered with mineral notes. The palate is finely focused and varietal, again with orange blossom, mineral/slate. Juicy with a dry finish.

2015

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Cowslip Valley (Waihopai Valley)

Recommended Food:

This award winning wine is an excellent partner to a wide range of foods, ideal with Asian dishes, or try it with mussel and kumara patties, drizzled with home-made lime-spiked mayonnaise.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-6 years

Production Notes:

These grapes were harvested at low Brix from our Cowslip Vineyard in Marlborough. The free run juice was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks to retain aromatic varietal character, with different yeasts and at different temperatures. The ferments were stopped before completion to retain the level of natural sweetness that perfectly balances the acidity.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 11.5%
TA: 7.0g/l
pH: 3.18
Residual Sugar: 5.0g/l

Tasting Notes:

The nose is lifted with orange and lime blossom and layered with mineral notes. The palate is finely focused and varietal, again with orange blossom, mineral/slate. Juicy with a dry finish.

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Awards

SILVER MEDAL – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2016

4 STARS, 92 POINTS – Bob Campbell www.bobcampbell.co.nz Feb 2016

5 STARS – Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, July 2016

4.5 STARS – Equal Top in Category, Winestate Magazine 2016

SILVER MEDAL – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016

Reviews

“Quite a ripe medium-dry Riesling with lime, pineapple and apricot flavours plus a suggestion of floral, wild flowers (which make a nice lift with the Cowslip Valley brand). Tangy, fruity acid adds energy and helps drive a lingering finish.”
4 STARS
92 POINTS
-Bob Campbell www.bobcampbell.co.nz Feb 2016

“Bright, light lemon-hued straw-yellow colour with a flash of gold, pale on the edge. The nose is very elegant and finely presented with aromas of lime fruit, yellow florals, a little honey and nuances of toast and minerals. The aromatics build in depth, intensity, harmony and interest with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features softly concentrated flavours of exotic yellow florals lime fruit along with honeysuckle and complexing toast and mineral detail. The mouthfeel is refreshingly bright and lively with crisp, lacy acidity, and the wine follows a very fine-featured, soft line. The flavours carry to a gently rich, sustained finish with interwoven complexing detail. This is a beautifully fine and complex dry Riesling with lime, honey, mineral and toast notes and a refreshing palate.”
5 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, July 2016

“The 2015 Family Estates Cowslip Valley Riesling has a nose of lime cordial, lemon drops and pink grapefruit with suggestions of mandarin peel and coriander seed. Light-bodied and dry, it has a good intensity of pure citrus fruit in the mouth with a racy yet approachable backbone of freshness, finishing with some toastiness coming through.”
-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, June 2017

2013

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Cowslip Valley (Waihopai Valley)

Recommended Food:

This award winning wine is an excellent partner to a wide range of foods, ideal with Asian dishes, or try it with mussel and kumara patties, drizzled with home-made lime-spiked mayonnaise.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-6 years

Production Notes:

These grapes were harvested at low Brix from our Cowslip Vineyard in Marlborough. The free run juice was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks to retain aromatic varietal character, with different yeasts and at different temperatures. The ferments were stopped before completion to retain the level of natural sweetness that perfectly balances the acidity.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 10.5%
TA: 7.7g/l
pH: 3.11
Residual Sugar: 12.0g/l

Tasting Notes:

The nose is lifted with orange and lime blossom and layered with mineral notes. The palate is finely focused and varietal, again with orange blossom, mineral/slate. Juicy with a dry finish.

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Awards

4 STARS – TiZwine.com, May 2015

4 STARS – Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbell.nz

SILVER MEDAL – NZ International Wine Show 2015

Reviews

“Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with some green hues. The nose is still youthfully restrained with a concentrated core of lime fruit, green apples and minerals, along with an overlay of free sulphur lending a suggestion of earth and toast. This is very Germanic in style. Dry to taste and light-bodied, elegant flavours of limes and apples show along with a dose of SO2. The flavours are up-front and lacy acidity enlivens the thirst-quenching mouthfeel. The flavours recede as the wine flows, following a dry, textural line to a soft, light finish with apple and mineral nuances. This is a youthful, dry Riesling with lime fruit and a whiff of sulphur that will dissipate over the next 4+ years.”
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Sept 2014

“This wine slid straight into silver with its intense floral aromas, great concentration of flavour, wonderful potential for aging anf lightness of body; all the qualities of outstanding Riesling. And this one cruises in, like so many here, at such an affordable price and made in relatively decent quanities. Josip Babich would have been proud of his family, who celebrate 100 years of Babich Wines this year.”
4 STARS
-TiZwine.com, May 2015

“Tight, crisp Riesling with lime, pineapple, apricot and rose petal flavours. Assertive acidity helps promote a dry-ish finish. Good purity and an ethereal texture.”
4 STARS
-Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbell.nz

“This wine slid straight into silver with its intense floral aromas, great concentration of flavour, wonderful potential for aging and lightness of body; all the qualities of outstanding Riesling. And this one cruises in, like so many here, at such an affordable price and made in relatively decent quantities. Josip Babich would have been proud of his family, who celebrate 100 years of Babich Wines this year.”
4 STARS
-TiZwine.com, May 2015

2012

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Cowslip Valley (Waihopai Valley)

Recommended Food:

This award winning wine is an excellent partner to a wide range of foods, ideal with Asian dishes, or try it with mussel and kumara patties, drizzled with home-made lime-spiked mayonnaise.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-6 years

Production Notes:

These grapes were harvested at low Brix from our Cowslip Vineyard in Marlborough. The free run juice was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks to retain aromatic varietal character, with different yeasts and at different temperatures. The ferments were stopped before completion to retain the level of natural sweetness that perfectly balances the acidity.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 11.5%
TA: 9.3g/l
pH: 3.11
Residual Sugar: 10.6g/l

Tasting Notes:

Perfumed, orange blossom and lime. Mouthwatering juicy lime and lemon. Mineral linear dry finish.

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Awards

4 STARS – Bob Campbell, www.bobswinereviews.com, Feb 13

4 STARS – Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, August 2013

4 STARS – Winestate Magazine, January 2014

5 STARS – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, www.wineorbit.co.nz, Jan 2015

SILVER MEDAL – New World Wine Awards 2015

Reviews

“Medium/dry Riesling with ripe stone fruit and citrus flavours. A subtly succulent wine that’s well supported by fruity acidity. Moderately weighty Riesling with a lingering finish.”
4 STARS
87/100
-Bob Campbell, www.bobswinereviews.com. Feb 13

“The 2012 is a mouthfilling, dryish style, very finely balanced, with citrusy, slightly peachy and spicy flavours, showing excellent depth and harmony. Enjoyable now, it’s also well worth cellaring.”
4 STARS
-Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, August 2013

“A tauter style which has developed aromas of brown lime cordial and toast. A long complex and well-made wine.”
-Winestate Magazine, Special Edition 2013

“Fruit from the ‘Cowslip’ vineyard, Waihopi, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 10.3% alc. and 12 g/L RS. Brilliant pale straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues. The nose is fine and tightly concentrated with aromas of lime fruit, toast and savoury nuances of kero and honey, showing real intensity. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features a rounded, but concentrated core of toasty limes and citrus fruits, entwined with honey notes. The mouthfeel is even with very fine textures and balanced background acidity. Up-front and with drive and good linearity, the flavours flow to a light, soft and dry finish. This is an elegant, up-front dry Riesling with complex secondary toastiness appearing.”
4 STARS
18/20 POINTS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, March 2014

“Subtle and restrained with some melon on the nose. Straightforward lemony-apple-lime fruit flavours with light to moderate flavour concentration and racy but slightly chunky acidity on the finish.”
-Wine NZ Magazine, Autumn 2014

“There’s a hint of residual sugar to balance out the crisp acidity, meaning the honey, jasmine and lemon confit flavours are a perfect foil for spicy Asian dishes. Delicious now, it has the structure to age and develop those petrolly notes for a decade to come.”
-Decanter Magazine, September 2014 issue

“With subtle developed complexity, this is a fabulous Riesling to drink. Notes of lemon curd, peach and toast lead to a ripe and vibrant palate that shows excellent intensity, beautifully supported by subtle sweetness and perfectly balanced acidity. It’s harmonious and deliciously long on the finish.”
5 STARS
-Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, www.wineorbit.co.nz, Jan 2015

“A developing honeyed and slightly toasty bouquet with aromas of hot lemon and baked apple laced with white flower and a stony soil-like quality. Quite dry on the palate with a light savoury edge, but mostly apple and lemon fruit flavours, medium+ acidity and finish.”
-Cameron Douglas, Hospitality Business Magazine, Feb 2015

“The 2012 Cowslip Valley Riesling has a honeyed lemon and lime cordial-laced nose with suggestions of orange blossoms and wet pebbles. Light-bodied and showing a touch of sweetness (though it is generally a dry style), it is invigorated by a lovely line of acid cutting though the citrus flavors before finishing with good length.”
-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, www.erobertparker.com, #209, Oct 2013

2011

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Cowslip Valley (Waihopai Valley)

Recommended Food:

This award winning wine is an excellent partner to a wide range of foods, ideal with Asian dishes, or try it with mussel and kumara patties, drizzled with home-made lime-spiked mayonnaise.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-6 years

Production Notes:

These grapes were harvested at low Brix from our Cowslip Vineyard in Marlborough. The free run juice was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks to retain aromatic varietal character, with different yeasts and at different temperatures. The ferments were stopped before completion to retain the level of natural sweetness that perfectly balances the acidity.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 12.0%
TA: 8g/l
pH: 3.15
Residual Sugar: 8.5g/l

Tasting Notes:

Attractive aromas of orange zest, wild flowers, red apple and mineral notes greet the taster. The palate is layered and juicy with ruby grapefruit, feijoa and apple. Lovely spicy herbal notes entwined with the fruit add intrigue. This finely structured wine is off dry with a beautiful acid balance, crisp and persistent finish.

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Awards

GOLD MEDAL – Sommelier Wine Awards 2013

GOLD MEDAL -International Wine Guide 2013

91 POINTS -2013 Penguin Wine Guide

SILVER MEDAL -Bragato Wine Awards 2012

PURE SILVER MEDAL -Air NZ Wine Awards 2012

SILVER MEDAL -Easter Show Wine Awards, February 2013

SILVER MEDAL – New World Wine Awards 2013

SILVER MEDAL – Marlborough Wine Show 2013

Reviews

“Brilliant straw-yellow with gold-green hues to the colour.This softly presented, gentle bouquet of attractive, pure lime aromas. Dryish to taste, this is an elegantly proportioned wine with ethereal lime and white floral fruit flavours. The palate is balanced with soft acidity and is very smooth and seamless in texture, exuding lovely harmony. Fine nuances of minerals and limes mark the moderately long finish. This is a wine of delicacy and softness, and will be ideal as an aperitif over the next 3-4+ years.”
17.5/20
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, October 2011

“The debut 2011 vintage was estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley. Mouthfilling, it is ripe and rounded, with generous, citrusy, limey and spicy flavours, in a medium-dry style, with excellent balance and depth. It’s quite forward in its appeal; drink now or cellar.”
4 STARS
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012

“Fleshy, with ripe, grapefruit and mandarin peel aromas and good flavour depth. Finely balanced for early enjoyment.”
-Winestate Magazine, January 2012 & March/April 2012

“Pure, focused Riesling with an appealing and very ethereal texture. Lime and mineral with a slight floral influence. Delicate and attractive wine.”
4 STARS
88 POINTS
-Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.com, April 2012

“Pale greenish. Lightly fragrant. Medium-dry palate displays ripe lemon and grapefruit flavours with some concentration and complexity. Quite firm and stoutly bodied Riesling, with lots of phenolic grip and balancing acidity to carry it.”
-WineNZ Magazine, Autumn 2012

“Good potential here. Undoubtedly still young but already displays a vibrantly fruity nose and a palate full of citrus fruit with some marmalade notes and a nudge of kerosene. One for the cellar.”
-TiZwine.com, July 2012

“The 2011 Family Estates Cowslip Valley Riesling has aromas of white peaches, lime juice and honeysuckle with a touch of lemon zest. Dry, light bodied, crisp and pure and with plenty of zesty citrus fruit, it has a long clean if somewhat straightforward finish. Drinking well now, it should keep to 2016+.”
-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com #203, Oct 2012

“Fragrant, with strong, ripe citrus/lime flavours, a hint of marmalade and good concentration and harmony. All three judges noted it is ready for drinking now.”
4 STARS
-Winestate Magazine, March 2013

“A very fragrant wine that smells of fine lime candy and has bright tropical fruits also on offer; good concentration here. The palates tangy and assertive, with really juicy, rich lime flavour. Tubular, smooth ride through to the finish.”
91 POINTS
-2013 Penguin Wine Guide

“Well-structured, steely lime style showing some attractive development and tight, zesty acidity.”
-Winestate Magazine, Special Edition 2012

“Sheer depth of zesty flavours won this the Thai Prawn Curry Food Match gong as well as Gold. Exotic floral notes of jasmine and elderflower mix with ripe stone fruits, Bramley apple, grated lime and petrolly, rubberband aromas on the nose. The medium-bodied palate shows a slightly waxiness, with honeyed flesh and limey notes. “Very poised and confident, this has a lovely length and balance,” said team leader Angela Reddin, while Stefano D’Andrea of Maze felt this had ‘good ageing potential’.”
GOLD MEDAL
FOOD MATCH
-Sommelier Wine Awards 2013

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