Black Label Marlborough Pinot Gris

Babich Black Label Pinot Gris was first produced in 2009, and is exclusive to restaurants and bars. The Black Label Pinot Gris is 100% estate grown and has been developed to complement food with its dry, rich and full bodied style. It is partially fermented in oak barriques.

Select Vintage

2017

Grape:

Pinot Gris

Region:

Marlborough

Recommended Food:

This Marlborough Pinot Gris is great with seafood - scallops are the perfect match.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-3 years

Production Notes:

Specific parcels of fruit were selected for the Black Label Pinot Gris. The grapes were harvested and quickly crushed. After settling, 80% of the juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures, and with various yeast, to capture varietal character and maintain freshness. The balance, 20%, was fermented in old French oak to increase the body and complexity of the wine.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol 13.5%
TA: 5.6g/l
pH: 3.52
Residual Sugar: 3.3g/l

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of pear, stone-fruits and lychee with ginger and honeyed notes. Gentle and lingering.
Soft and sweet fruited entry with a rich and creamy mid-palate. Mango, pear and lemon five way to a spicy lingering finish.

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Technical

Alcohol:

13.5%

Clonal Selection:

Various

Fermentation:

Various temperatures and yeasts.

Fermentation Vessel:

20% seasoned oak barrels, Balance in stainless steel tank.

Filtration:

Yes

Fining:

Isinglass

Grape:

Pinot Gris

Harvest Analysis:

Various

Harvest Dates:

Various

Harvest Method:

Machine

Malolactic:

15%

Maturation:

4 months on lees

pH:

3.52

Processing:

Skin contact & extended less stirring pre-ferment.

Residual Sugar:

3.3 g/L

TA:

5.6 g/L

Year:

2017

Awards

SILVER MEDAL – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2018

4 STARS – Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Apr 2018

91 POINTS – Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, Aug 2018 issue

90 POINTS – James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com, Oct 2018

Reviews

“Brilliant, even, light straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the rim.  The nose is fresh and elegant in proportion with a fine core of white and yellow stone-fruits along with lifted exotic floral elements, hints of rose-petals and spice, and herb and honeysuckle detail.  Dry-ish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a concentrated heart with rich fruit flavours of white and yellow stone-fruits, melded with soft exotic floral notes and honeysuckle.  The palate has good weight, depth and presence, and is enlivened by fresh, cutting acidity, the wine flowing smoothly along a soft, rounded line with a suggestion of unctuousness, leading to a light, floral finish.  This is an elegantly concentrated dry Pinot Gris with rich stone-fruit, floral and honeyed flavours on a fresh, smooth-flowing palate.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinerevies.co.nz, Apr 2018

“Complex and alluring bouquet with some toasty spices, ripe red apple and pear flavours. Some peach and raw brown sugar flavours and darker spice moments. Dry, weighty and fruity on the palate, moderate acid line, balanced and well made.”
91 POINTS
-Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, Aug 2018 issue

“Riper and more complex than the single-vineyard PG from here, offering attractive peach and poached-pear aromas and flavors and a nicely fleshy texture on the palate.”
90 POINTS
-James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com, Oct 2018

2016

Grape:

Pinot Gris

Region:

Marlborough

Recommended Food:

This Marlborough Pinot Gris is great with seafood - scallops are the perfect match.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-3 years

Production Notes:

Specific parcels of fruit were selected for the Black Label Pinot Gris. The grapes were harvested and quickly crushed. After settling, 80% of the juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures, and with various yeast, to capture varietal character and maintain freshness. The balance, 20%, was fermented in old French oak to increase the body and complexity of the wine.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol 13.5%
TA: 5.7g/l
pH: 3.42
Residual Sugar: 1.9g/l

Tasting Notes:

Spicy and floral with red apples and pear. Big and warm palate, well structured with baked quince and a touch of ginger.

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Technical

Alcohol:

13.50%

Clonal Selection:

Various

Fermentation:

Various temperatures and yeasts.

Fermentation Vessel:

20 seasoned oak barrels. Balance in tank.

Filtration:

Yes

Fining:

Isinglass

Grape:

Pinot Gris

Harvest Analysis:

Various

Harvest Dates:

Various

Harvest Method:

Machine

Malolactic:

15%

Maturation:

4 months on lees

pH:

3.42

Processing:

Skin contact & extended lees stirring pre-ferment.

Residual Sugar:

3.7 g/l

TA:

5.7 g/l

Year:

2016

Awards

GOLD MEDAL – Mondial des Pinots 2017

GOLD MEDAL – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017

SILVER MEDAL – New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition 2017

90 POINTS – Jo Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Feb 2018

93 POINTS – The Globe and Mail, Apr 2018

Reviews

“Bold and expressive bouquet with suggestions of toast and vanilla spice, then peach and apple tones, some baked pear and quince moments, full and rich aromas overall. On the palate – dry, firm fruity and as equally expressive as the nose suggests; flavours of peach and apple then pear fruits, spice; medium+ acidity, back palate engagement, moderate to lengthy finish.”
91 POINTS
-Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, TheShout FMCG Business, Apr 2017

“Bright pale straw-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues, lighter edged.  This has a fresh and elegantly presented nose with finely concentrated aromas of white stone-fruits and pears with nuances of exotic florals, hints of honeysuckle and nutty and minerally nuances.  Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a tightly bound core of white and yellow stone-fruits with hints of exotic florals and honeysuckle.  The palate is stylishly restrained in flavour, but shows good weight and body, a positive vinous line with integrated acidity.  The wine flows with good energy along a smooth line leading to a moderately long, subtly nuanced finish.  This an elegantly concentrated dry Pinot Gris with subtle flavours of stone-fruits with floral and honeysuckle notes on a palate with good body and smooth line.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, April 2017

“Twenty percent of the 2016 Black Label Pinot Gris was barrel fermented, adding a subtle textural element to this medium-bodied wine. Apple and pear notes avoid any sense of tropical excess, picking up hints of baking spices and ginger, then adding refreshing citrus overtones on the long finish.”
90 POINTS
-Jo Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Feb 2018

“Remarkable that this could be made from the same grape as the typical Italian pinot grigio (which it is).  There’s a wealth of flavour and complexity here. which is to say it’s anything but a mindless thrist-quencher.  Medium bodied and plum, with fleshy pear and notes of lemon, ginger and honey as well as a hint of flintiness.”
-Beppi Crosariol, theglobeandmail.com, Apr 2018

2015

Region:

Marlborough

Recommended Food:

This award winning wine is great with seafood - scallops are the perfect match.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-3 years

Production Notes:

Specific parcels of fruit were selected for the Black Label Pinot Gris. The grapes were harvested from our Marlborough vineyards and quickly crushed. After settling, 80% of the juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures, and with various yeast, to capture varietal character and maintain freshness. The balance, 20%, was fermented in old French oak to increase the body and complexity of the wine.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol 13.0%
TA: 6.0g/l
pH: 3.5
Residual Sugar: 2.4g/l

Tasting Notes:

Spicy and floral with red apples and pear. Big and warm palate, well structured with baked quince and a touch of ginger.

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Technical

Year:

2015

Awards

4 STARS, 18/20 POINTS -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2016

SILVER MEDAL – Decanter Wine Awards 2016

91 POINTS – Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, TheShout Hospitality Magazine, Sept 2016

4 STARS -Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s 2017 Buyers Guide

Reviews

“Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with lemon hues, very light on the rim.  This is well-bound, but intensely packed on the nose with aromas of gooseberries and passionfruit at the heart, along with white stone-fruit, floral and mouth-watering mineral notes.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features elegant and finely concentrated flavours of gooseberries entwined with passionfruit, along with stone-fruit and minerally detail.  The fruit has sweetness, unfolding capsicum, nettle and cut grass elements.  The wine flows smoothly with fine textures, drive and linearity which carries the flavours to a long, slender and slippery finish.  This is a finely concentrated, driven and slippery Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, passionfruit and cut grass flavours.  Match with seafood and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years.  Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel with a small portion in old barriques.”
4 STARS
18/20 POINTS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2016

“With a fairly obtuse, straight-up apples, pears and allspice laced nose, the medium-bodied 2015 Black Label Pinot Gris has simple and succinct succulence in the mouth and abrupt finish.”
-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, www.erobertparker.com, #224, April 2016

“Inviting bouquet with complexity driven by the textures of spice, lees, perhaps some older barrel and ripe tree fruits – fresh pear and spicy apple, a hint of vanilla. On the palate quite dry and youthfully firm with decent acidity and a concentration of fruit flavours laced with a little barrel spice and less textured moments; lengthy finish, well made.”
91 POINTS
-Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, TheShout Hospitality Magazine, Sept 2016

2014

Region:

Marlborough

Recommended Food:

This Marlborough Pinot Gris is great with seafood - scallops are the perfect match.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-3 years

Production Notes:

Specific parcels of fruit were selected for the Black Label Pinot Gris. The grapes were harvested from our Marlborough vineyards and quickly crushed. After settling, 80% of the juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures, and with various yeast, to capture varietal character and maintain freshness. The balance, 20%, was fermented in old French oak to increase the body and complexity of the wine.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol 14.0%
TA: 6.8g/l
pH: 3.30
Residual Sugar: 2.8g/l

Tasting Notes:

A captivating combination of spicy pear and pink grapefruit introduces the nose. Warm and full fruited with floral notes lifting up from the glass. The entry on the palate is full and generous. Granny Smith apples, honey and pear unite beautifully with citrus. It has good length and weight and lovely texture.

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Technical

Year:

2014

Awards

4 STARS – Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Feb 2015

4.5 STARS, 91 POINTS –Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, May 2015

Reviews

“Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues and some depth.  This has a soft, open nose with good breadth of fresh, yellow stonefruit aromas intermingling with florals, honey, and flinty lees and nutty interest.  The nose grows in depth and intensity with aeration.  Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the mouthfeel is rounded and full, with good presence and power.  Ripe yellow stonefruit flavours are harmoniously melded with honeysuckle, and nuances of nuts and minerals.  The acidity is restrained and provides subtle tension.  Some alcoholic power leads the wine to a dry, lingering finish.  This is a well-concentrated and rounded dry Pinot Gris with a harmonious mouthfeel and some underlying power.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Feb 2015

“Juicy, rich and significant bouquet with plenty of fruit, spice and complexity to reel you in to attention. On the palate – quite a dry wine with lots of weight and roundness; the fruit and spice are jostling for position; medium acidity adds texture while the alcohol adds weight. Overall a very nice wine with medium+ length.”
-Cameron Douglas MS – NZ Liquor News April 2015

“Dry, light bodied and refreshing; this wine has lemon juice-like flavours and a long finish.”
-TiZwine.com

“Very approachable and satisfying, the wine is filled with nectarine, pear and floral characters with a hint of spice complexity. The palate is ripe and beautifully poised, offering fine texture and delicate fruit intensity. Friendly and delightful drinking.”
4.5 STARS, 91 POINTS
-Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, May 2015

2013

Region:

Marlborough

Recommended Food:

This award winning wine is great with seafood - scallops are the perfect match.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-3 years

Production Notes:

Specific parcels of fruit were selected for the Black Label Pinot Gris. The grapes were harvested from our Marlborough vineyards and quickly crushed. After settling, 80% of the juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures, and with various yeast, to capture varietal character and maintain freshness. The balance, 20%, was fermented in old French oak to increase the body and complexity of the wine.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol 13.5%
TA: 5.9g/l
pH: 3.52
Residual Sugar: 4.4g/l

Tasting Notes:

A captivating combination of spicy pear and pink grapefruit introduces the nose. Warm and full fruited with floral notes lifting up from the glass. The entry on the palate is full and generous. Granny Smith apples, honey and pear unite beautifully with citrus. It has good length and weight and lovely texture.

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Technical

Year:

2013

Awards

GOLD MEDAL – International Cool Climate Wine Show 2014

SILVER MEDAL – Sommelier Wine Awards 2014

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

Reviews

“Sold mostly in restaurants the powerful 2013 vintage is an Alsace-style with in mouth-filling body, a slightly oily texture, concentrated, ripe stone-fruit and spice flavours and a dryish, lengthy finish.”
4 STARS
-Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz

“Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour, pale on rim.  The bouquet is moderately deep and aromatic with lifted yellow stonefruits, exotic florals and esters, with nuances of rose-petals and ginger, reminiscent of Gewurztraminer, revealing minerals and flint at the heart.  Dryish to taste, lively, near-lush, honied flavours of stonefruits and florals form a palate with good body and a grainy texture. This has some concentration, with low acidity providing a rounded, near unctuous mouthfeel.  The fruit brightness and energy carries the palate to a granular, lingering finish.  This is a soft, subtly exotic Pinot Gris with good energy and some texture.”
4 STARS
17/20 POINTS
-Raymond Chan,
www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, March 2014

“A very likeable pinot gris, the elegantly fragrant bouquet shows peach, pear and floral with a touch of spice complexity. The palate is succulent and rounded with attractive fruit richness and smooth texture, leading to a lingering juicy finish.”
4.5 STARS, 90 POINTS
-Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, March 2014

“Juicy and fleshy fruits bouquet with aromas of sweet ripe pear, Asian pear and canned pear; golden delicious apple and a hint of honey.  On the palate – off dry with just enough residual sugar to tease the palate; medium+ acidity and flavors that reflect the nose; medium length and moderate complexity.  A drink now style and a wine to savor through Summer 2015.”
-Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, June 2014

“Rich and flavoursome wine with ginger, toast/nut and nashi pear flavours. Quite a weighty and moderately complex wine in a reasonably dry style. Good food wine. Available only at the cellar door or at selected restaurants.”
4 STARS
92 POINTS
-Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbell.nz

2012

Region:

Marlborough

Recommended Food:

This Marlborough Pinot Gris is great with seafood - scallops are the perfect match.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-3 years

Production Notes:

Specific parcels of fruit were selected for the Black Label Pinot Gris. The grapes were harvested from our Marlborough vineyards and quickly crushed. After settling, 80% of the juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures, and with various yeast, to capture varietal character and maintain freshness. The balance, 20%, was fermented in old French oak to increase the body and complexity of the wine.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol 14.5%
TA: 6.5g/l
pH: 3.58
Residual Sugar: 2.8g/l

Tasting Notes:

Notes of poached pear, caramel and a touch of spice evolve from the glass. The palate is rich and luscious with glazed pears, caramel and is layered with fresh fruits, ginger and lingering spice. This is an opulent wine, nicely balanced with a long and inviting finish, delicious.

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2010

Region:

Marlborough

Recommended Food:

This Marlborough Pinot Gris is great with seafood - scallops are the perfect match.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-3 years

Production Notes:

Specific parcels of fruit were selected for the Black Label Pinot Gris. The grapes were harvested from our Marlborough vineyards and quickly crushed. After settling, 80% of the juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures, and with various yeast, to capture varietal character and maintain freshness. The balance, 20%, was fermented in old French oak to increase the body and complexity of the wine.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol 14.5%
TA: 6.0g/l
pH: 3.64
Residual Sugar: 2.6g/l

Tasting Notes:

Notes of poached pear, caramel and a touch of spice evolve from the glass. The palate is rich and luscious with glazed pears, caramel and is layered with fresh fruits, ginger and lingering spice. This is an opulent wine, nicely balanced with a long and inviting finish, delicious.

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Technical

Year:

2010

Awards

4 STARS -Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012

Reviews

“Bright, light golden-straw colour with some depth, the nose has soft, full, ripe pear and apricot aromas along with some honey. Dry to taste, soft ripe apricot and yellow stonefruit flavours are intermixed with ripe pear notes. This has good body and weight, some alcohol heat noticeable, the moderate acidity contributing a roundness to the texture. The wine finishes with dry stonefruit notes. This is up-front and straightforward, and will be a match with antipasto, poultry and Asian fare over the next 2-3 years.”
-Raymond Chan,
www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, October 2011

“Sold mostly in restaurants, the powerful 2010 vintage was partly barrel-fermented. Richly scented, it is full-bodied and rounded, with strong, ripe stone-fruit and toasty oak flavours, a slightly oily texture and a dry finish.”
4 STARS
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012

“The 2010 Black Label Pinot Gris displays delicate ripe apple and pear aromas with hints of straw, toast and crushed stones. Dry and full bodied, it has a decent concentration of mainly savoury flavours, with a touch of oiliness to the texture, finishing with medium to long persistence. Drink this one now to 2014.”
86 POINTS
-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com #203, Oct 2012

“It sits quite golden and rich looking in the glass, and has an exotic layer of fragrant and tropical fruits, some peach and pears, hints of spice too. The palate is full, round and creamy, with a wealth of ripe fruits, plenty of flesh and plenty of sweetness through the finish. One year on, it’s developing – time to drink up.”
90 POINTS
-2013 Penguin Wine Guide

2009

Region:

Marlborough

Recommended Food:

This Marlborough Pinot Gris is great with seafood - scallops are the perfect match.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-3 years

Production Notes:

Specific parcels of fruit were selected for the Black Label Pinot Gris. The grapes were harvested from our Marlborough vineyards and quickly crushed. After settling, 80% of the juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures, and with various yeast, to capture varietal character and maintain freshness. The balance, 20%, was fermented in old French oak to increase the body and complexity of the wine.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 14.0%
TA: 6g/l
pH: 3.64

Tasting Notes:

A captivating combination of spicy pear and pink grapefruit introduces the nose. Warm and full fruited with floral notes lifting up from the glass. The entry on the palate is full and generous. Granny Smith apples, honey and pear unite beautifully with citrus. It has good length and weight and lovely texture. This is a well-balanced wine with a spicy dry finish with a touch of orange blossom.

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