Black Label Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Babich Black Label Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc was first produced in 2005 and is exclusive to restaurants and bars. The Black Label Sauvignon Blanc has been developed to complement food. We have blended a wine from Babich estate-owned vineyards which, while displaying the pungent and crisp characteristics that set Marlborough sourced fruit apart, also shows greater depth and complexity on the palate.

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2018

Grape:

Sauvignon Blanc

Region:

Marlborough

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:

up to 5 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: 13.5%
TA: 6.5g/L
pH: 3.45
Residual Sugar: 2.6g/L

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of blackcurrant and citrus with white florals , minty herbals and a touch of smoke. Immediate fruit attack on entry - mandarin, red apples, passionfruit that then moves through the spectrum to lime, lemon and feijoa/herbals. Tropical and textured with freshness and length.

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2017

Grape:

Sauvignon Blanc

Region:

Marlborough

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:

0-5 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: 6.4g/l
pH: 3.26
Residual Sugar: 3.2g/l

Tasting Notes:

Lifted and perfumed aromas with smoke and citrus blossom overlaying notes of blackcurrant and gooseberry. A lush sweet fruited entry full of exotic green fruits leads into a big hit of passionfruit with blackcurrant and gooseberry following on from the nose. Driving, juicy and balanced.

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Technical

Grape:

Sauvignon Blanc

Year:

2017

Awards

GOLD MEDAL – Berlin International Wine Competition 2018

GOLD MEDAL – Seoul International Wine Competition 2017

SILVER MEDAL – New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition 2017

SILVER MEDAL – Japan Wine Challenge 2018

SILVER MEDAL – Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2018

Reviews

“Leafy, vegetative aromas of crushed tomato leaves join textbook passion fruit notes on the nose of Babich’s 2017 Black Label Sauvignon Blanc. This medium-bodied wine lacks the ripeness of the single-vineyard bottlings but perhaps delivers a more typical Marlborough experience, blending herbs and tropical fruits before finishing with a blast of zesty citrus.”
89 POINTS
-Jo Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Feb 2018

“Bright, light straw-yellow colour, paler on the rim.  The nose is fresh with a firm core of well-concentrated aromas of passionfruit with notes of snow peas, fresh herbs, and subtle nettle and cut-grass elements.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is firm and tightly concentrated with a heart of passionfruit and tropical fruit, along with cut-grass, nettle and thirst-quenching minerals.  The palate features slippery acidity and plenty of energy and drive, with good linearity.  The wine carries to a taut, lingering finish of passionfruit, herbs and nettles.  This is a tightly bound, finely concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, herb, nettle and mineral flavours with a slippery mouthfeel and good line.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Apr 2018

2016

Grape:

Sauvignon Blanc

Region:

Marlborough

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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Technical

Alcohol:

13.00%

Fermentation:

Variety of innoculated yeast and temperature

Fermentation Vessel:

Stainless steel tanks

Filtration:

Membrane

Fining:

Isinglass

Grape:

Sauvignon Blanc

Harvest Dates:

3rd-16th April

Harvest Method:

Machine

Malolactic:

No

Maturation:

2 months on lees

pH:

3.7

Processing:

Small amount of skin contact

Residual Sugar:

2.9 g/l

TA:

6.3 g/l

Year:

2016

Awards

BLUE GOLD MEDAL – Sydney International Wine Competition 2017

GOLD MEDAL – San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017

GOLD MEDAL – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017

5 STARS – Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, May 2017

SILVER MEDAL – International Cool Climate Wine Show 2017

SILVER MEDAL – Korea Wine Challenge 2017

Reviews

“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.”
92 POINTS
– 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.”
5 STARS
-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.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, April 2017

2015

Region:

Marlborough

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 controlled cool 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: 6.8g/l
pH: 3.29
Residual Sugar: 2.8g/l

Tasting Notes:

The bouquet is an inviting mix of tropical, passionfruit aromas. Palate entry is luscious and lively, bursting with passionfruit. This is a fantastic example of Black Label Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that is equally enjoyable on its own and with food.

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Year:

2015

Awards

BEST OF CLASS AWARD – Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2016

GOLD MEDAL – Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2016

GOLD MEDAL – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016

GOLD MEDAL – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2016

SILVER MEDAL – Marlborough Wine Show 2015

4 STARS – Winestate Magazine March/April 2016 issue

5 STARS – TOP 10 (2nd) – Cuisine Magazine, Dec 2015

4 STARS, 18/20 POINTSRaymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2016

SILVER MEDAL – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2016

SILVER MEDAL – San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016

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

SILVER MEDAL – WSWA 74th Annual Convention and Exposition Wine & Spirits Tasting Competition 2017

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

“From the family-owned winery about to celebrate 100 years in the business comes this elegant, precise wine.  With attractive flavours led by elderflower, red apples and citrus, it’s a celebration of the freshness and brightness for which Marlborough is renowned.”
5 STARS
-Cuisine Magazine, Dec 2015 issue

“Intensely scented of fresh lemons and limes plus gooseberry, nettles, wild thyme, lavender and crushed stones in the background, the 2015 Black Label Sauvignon Blanc hits the palate running with great citrus and herb vivacity and a wicked acid backbone, finishing long.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, www.erobertparker.com, #224, April 2016

“This is benchmark Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at a very good price. A small percentage was fermented in well-seasoned—almost inert—oak barrique to enhance weight and complexity. Savory herbs, grassy notes and lemon-lime aromas abound. This streaks over the palate infusing the lengthy, lip-smacking finish and aftertaste with passionfruit, gooseberry jelly and lemon curd enhanced by ripe pear and hints of pineapple.”
4.5 STARS
-Vic Harradine, Winecurrent.com, Ottawa 2016

“The ‘Black Label’ wines are mostly seen in restaurants. The 2015 vintage is a bold, highly aromatic wine with good weight and concentration of vibrant passionfruit, melon and capsicum flavours, woven with appetising acidity.”
4 STARS
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s 2017 Buyers Guide

“The appealing lemon-lime and grapefruit flavors are bright and crisp.  Distinctively smooth.”
88 POINTS
-Wine Spectator  Issue Apr 30 2017

2014

Region:

Marlborough

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 controlled cool 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: 6.6g/l
pH: 3.33
Residual Sugar: 4.0g/l

Tasting Notes:

The bouquet is an inviting mix of tropical, passionfruit aromas. Palate entry is luscious and lively, bursting with passionfruit. This is a fantastic example of Black Label Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that is equally enjoyable on its own and with food.

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Year:

2014

Awards

GOLD MEDAL – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2015

SILVER OUTSTANDING MEDAL – International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015

5 STARS, 93 POINTS -Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, May 2015

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

92 POINTS – Natalie Maclean, www.nataliemaclean.com, June 2016

 

 

Reviews

“Fruit from estate vineyards cool-fermented in stainless-steel with a small portion in old oak barriques to 13.0% alc. and 3.6 g/L RS.  Bright, light straw-yellow colour with some depth, pale on edge.  Fresh, tightly bound and elegant aromas of pure gooseberry fruit are lifted by lime and tropical fruit notes, unfolding mouthwatering mineral and white floral elements with aeration.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the fruit flavours of gooseberries and tropical fruit are lifted by while floral and mineral elements.  This has a balanced and harmonious mouthfeel with a soft-textured core and fine, lacy acid freshness.  The wine has a gentle energy and drive that leads to a long, lingering, thirst-quenching minerally finish.  This is a fine-textured, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with a harmonious mouthfeel.”
4 STARS
Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Feb 2015

“This is full of tasty flavours. Notes of passionfruit, peach and mango with subtle lime zest lead to a succulent and powerfully flavoured palate that is refreshing and vibrant. Classically expressed and beautifully styled.”
5 STARS, 93 POINTS
-Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, May 2015

“Vibrant lemon, grapefruit and green apple flavors are fresh and juicy, with green papaya and lemon verbena notes on the finish.”
Wine Spectator, www.winespectator.com, 2015

2013

Region:

Marlborough

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 controlled cool 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: 7.4g/l
pH: 3.4
Residual Sugar: 3.7g/l

Tasting Notes:

The bouquet is an inviting mix of tropical, passionfruit aromas. Palate entry is luscious and lively, bursting with passionfruit. This is a fantastic example of Black Label Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that is equally enjoyable on its own and with food.

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Year:

2013

Awards

GOLD MEDAL –China Wine Awards 2013

TOP100/BLUE-GOLD MEDAL -2014 Sydney International Wine Competition

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

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Fingers Lake International Wine Competition 2014

5 STARS – Winepointer Magazine, Canada, Rod Phillips, 9th May 2014

GOLD MEDAL – Korea Wine Challenge 2014

GOLD MEDAL – Decanter World Wine Awards 2014

JUDGES’ SELECTION – 2014 Alberta Beverage Awards, Culinaire Magazine, Canada, October 2014 issue

Reviews

“The 2013 is clearly a top vintage. Mouthfilling, with crisp tropical fruit flavours, it shows lovely ripeness, vibrancy and depth. Already delicious, it’s a very non-herbaceous style, with concentrated passionfruit-like flavours, good acid spine and a long finish.”
5 STARS
-Michael Cooper,
www.michaelcooper.co.nz, August 2013

“The 2013 Black Label Sauvignon Blanc shows off a wonderfully youthful, citrus zest-laced nose with nuances of gooseberries, green apples and lemon tart plus a whiff of chopped herbs. Medium-bodied and straightforward in the mouth, it is varietally expressive and nicely balanced through the satisfyingly refreshing finish. Drink it now to 2015.”
-Lisa-Perrotti Brown, eRobertParker.com #209, Oct 2013

“Fresher example of the variety made for easy drinking.  A full, long and ripe palate.”
-Winestate Magazine, Special Edition 2013

“Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim.  The nose is full, open and voluminous with lifted esters in an amalgam of tropical fruits, citrus and passionfruit, softly and evenly presented.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, elegant passionfruit and gooseberry flavours are lifted by esters, providing an up-front, softly sweet palate.  This has a gentle, pungent core, with fine, rounded textures, but balanced by ripe, subtly refreshing acidity.  The flavours flow smoothly along a moderately concentrated and linear finish.  This is an elegantly lifted tropical-fruit flavoured Sauvignon Blanc with a soft freshness.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, March 2014

“The wine offers mouthful of deliciousness. Richly aromatic on the nose showing peach, feijoa and passionfruit with lifted herbaceous notes. The palate is full and powerful with excellent fruit intensity, beautifully supported by lively acidity. It’s upfront and inviting, and most appealing.”
5 STARS, 93 POINTS
-Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, March 2013

“Shows grassy, herbal notes up front, with a core of lemon, apple and melon, revealing a hint of smoke in the background. Light and crisp on the finish.”
-Wine Spectator Magazine, May 2014

“This fine Marlborough sauvignon delivers across the board, and is distinguished by its elegance and finesse. It shows some of the assertive fruit and acidity common to Marlborough sauvignons, but dials them down and finds a new balance at a lower intensity. There’s complexity and structure, and excellent balance among the components.”
5 STARS
-Winepointer Magazine, Canada,  Rod Phillips, 9th May 2014

“A pale straw color, this wine has an ethereal, vibrant, saline flavor that immediately attracted me. In the mouth it possesses Marlborough’s telltale gooseberry and fresh apple character with a crisp, fresh finish.”
-The Wall Stret Journal, www.wsj.com, May 2014

“Subtly succulent Sauvignon with passionfruit, ripe apple, nectarine and red capsicum flavours. Mellow, appealing wine with quite soft acidity. A gentle example of the Marlborough style.”
4 STARS
-Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbell.nz

2012

Region:

Marlborough

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 controlled cool 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: 8.0g/l
pH: 3.45
Residual Sugar: 2.6g/l

Tasting Notes:

The bouquet overflows with ripe gooseberry, boxwood and redcurrant aromas. The palate is powerful with an explosive array of fruit salad and red currants, which follow through from the nose and join with zesty lemon and lime - all complemented by elegant mineral notes. Dry and crisp yet generous and beautifully textured. Great length.

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Year:

2012

Awards

GOLD MEDAL -International Wine Guide 2013

5 STARS, 93 POINTS -Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz , March 2013

SILVER MEDAL -China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2013

SILVER MEDAL –International Wine Challenge 2013

SILVER MEDAL -San Francisco International Wine Competition 2013

Reviews

“Sold principally in restaurants, this is a consistently impressive wine. The 2012 (4*) is mouthfilling, with distinctly tropical-fruit flavours of passionfruit and lime, showing very good ripeness and depth, and a fresh, well-rounded finish.”
4 STARS
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013

“Brilliant, full straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim.  This has a softly full and gentle nose of ripe stonefruits with ethereal and lifted florals, sweet gooseberry and capsicum essence aromas.  Dry to taste, subtle flavours of gooseberries and stonefruits build to fill the palate.  The mouthfeel is soft and acidity discreet in expression, but there is an underlying alcohol drive which adds a little warmth and richness.  The flavours follow a good line to an elegant and soft finish with delicate flavours of fresh herbs and gooseberries.  This is a soft-textured and flavoured Sauvignon Blanc to serve with Asian cuisine over the next 2 years.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz , Nov 2012

“It’s beautifully ripe and fragrant on the nose displaying stone fruit, ripe citrus, feijoa and gentle capsicum characters. The palate is equally inviting with a juicy mouthfeel and lovely intensity, leading to an elegant dry finish. At its best: now to 2015. On premise only. 13% Screw cap. Jan 2013.”
5 STARS
93 POINTS
Sam Kim,
www.wineorbit.co.nz , March 2013

“Light lemon and lime notes leads to a bone-dry palate with a zing of grass, nettles and limes, plus a refreshing minerality.”
Sommelier Wine Awards 2013

“Lively and lifted aromas pack the room with herbaceous notes, green nettles and passion fruit galore. It streaks across the palate with a bracing line of racy acidity, wisps of passion fruit and canned peas. These replay on the tangy finish along with a bite of grapefruit pith on the aftertaste.”
-Vic Harradine, Winewriter, www.winecurrent.com, Canada, Aug 2013

“Asparagus and honeyed fruit bouquet which is expressed on a nicely weighted palate.”
Winestate Magazine, Special Edition 2013

2011

Region:

Marlborough

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 controlled cool 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: 7.7g/l
pH: 3.25
Residual Sugar: 3.5 g/l

Tasting Notes:

The bouquet overflows with ripe gooseberry, boxwood and redcurrant aromas. The palate is powerful with an explosive array of fruit salad and red currants, which follow through from the nose and join with zesty lemon and lime - all complemented by elegant mineral notes. Dry and crisp yet generous and beautifully textured. Great length.

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Year:

2011

Reviews

“Soft, fleshy and rather mellow Sauvignon Blanc with quite concentrated gooseberry, passion fruit and sweet lemon grass flavours. Mainly available at restaurants although it can be purchased at Babich’s cellar door.”
-Bob Campbell MW,
www.bobswinereviews.com, Oct, 2011

“Brilliant, very pale straw-yellow with a pale edge. The bouquet is full, fresh and lively, quite up-front with soft, tropical fruit and gooseberry aromas and a hint of minerals, blossoming in the glass. Dry and softly full, this features sweet, juicy passionfruit flavours with a pungent depth, openly accessible and mouthfilling. Fresh acidity underlines the soft textures and the wine is very well-balanced. The slippery finish is gentle and nuanced. Approachable and enjoyable now, this will be a match with antipasto, seafood and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years.”
5 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, October 2011

“Sold principally in restaurants, this is a consistently impressive wine. The 2011 vintage was mostly handled in tanks; a small part of the blend was fermented in seasoned oak casks. Delicious from the start, it has fresh, strong tropical-fruit flavours in a very non-herbaceous style, fleshy, ripe and rounded.”
4 STARS
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012

“Weighty, ripe, tropical fruit-flavoured style with excellent depth, freshness, drive and harmony.  Rich and rounded.  (Restricted to on-premise sale.)”
4 STARS
-Winestate Magazine, January 2012 & March/April 2012

“This is great value for such a fine sauvignon blanc. Look for great texture here, with some roundness and fullness complementing the clean, bracing acidity. It’s a lively and substantial sauvignon that’s very versatile with food.”
4.5 STARS
-Rod Phillips, Winepointer, Ottawa, May, 2012

“Pear and nectarine flavors are ripe and soft, with a tangy appeal and smooth, silky body. Shows good focus and intensity, and plenty of acidity. Drink now.”
-Wine Spectator Magazine Online, May 2012

“Pungent aromas of passionfruit and guava, sweet pineapple chunks, lemon and capsicum with wild nettle, herbs and citrus. The palate has a wonderful weight and creamy texture, here the tropical fruit pops on your tongue highlighted with the spicy, verdant capsicum and citrus peel. Excellent length and vibrancy – very chic. Partially barrel fermented to add depth and roundness. Pair with Asian-inspired cuisines, spinach saag paneer or white fish topped in spicy fruit salsa.”
5 STARS
-Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva, Canada, August 14th, 2012

“This veers away from the sassy, cat pee style of many Kiwi savvies. Tropical mango, guava and gooseberry aromas and lush, almost mellow, guava, grapefruit and salty gooseberry flavours. Food suggestion: Thai mango salad.”
90 POINTS
-Gord Stimmel, Toronto Star, Oct, 2012

“Lime, gooseberry and melon fruit here: this has bright fruit character and grassy, dark, leafy herbs.  The palate’s very tangy, crisp and compact, with a balance mango skin finish.”
90 POINTS
-2013 Penguin Wine Guide

2010

Region:

Marlborough

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 controlled cool 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.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.5%
TA: 7.5g/l
pH: 3.5
Residual Sugar: 3g/l

Tasting Notes:

The bouquet is an inviting mix of tropical, passionfruit aromas with notes of musk and box hedge. Palate entry is luscious and lively, bursting with redcurrant, gooseberry and passionfruit, rounding off with a hint of capsicum. This is a fantastic example of Black Label Sauvignon Blanc that is equally enjoyable on its own and with food.

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Year:

2010

Reviews

“Described by one judge as a “blockbuster sav”, this is certainly a powerful wine with gooseberries and thistles on the nose and big ripe tropical – particularly lime – flavours in the palate and linger and linger on the palate. High class wine.”
4.5 STARS
TOP TIP AWARD
-Tizwine.com, November, 2010

“The ‘Black Label’ wine is designed as an on-premise only wine. All Marlborough fruit mainly stainless-steel fermented with a small portion fermented in seasoned barriques to 14.0% alc. Very pale coloured with straw-green hues, this has a full, soft nose of herbs, ripe gooseberries passionfruit and minerals. Dry to taste, this has a beautifully soft, broad and mouthfilling palate. The passionfruit and gooseberry flavours have a sweet, lusciousness to the expression and this is enhanced by rounded, pleasing textures. The wine has excellent freshness and a long, sustained finish. Drink with seafood and poultry over the next 2-3 years.
18.5/20
5 STARS
-Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2011

“It’s gorgeously ripe and fragrant on the nose displaying feijoa, passionfruit and lime zest characters. The palate is succulent and concentrated with lovely texture and refreshing finish. It’s intense and punchy yet nicely balanced. At its best: now to 2013. On premise only.”
91 POINTS
4.5 STARS
-Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Feb, 2011

“Fresh and expressive. A slight floral character.”
International Wine Challenge 2011 – UK

“This label has been developed for restaurants although it is available at the Babich cellar door for $22.50. Seamless, delicate wine with nice purity. Low-key passion fruit and lemon grass flavours – a good food wine.”
4 STARS
-Bob Campbell MW,
www.bobswinereviews.com, Sep, 2011

“Big and substantial are not the usual terms for a Sauvignon Blanc, but they’re just right in the case of this highly fragrant wine. Inhale the aromas and savour the rich flavours of ripe tropical fruit, lime-splashed papaya, gooseberry, nettle and a hint of fresh ginger. Beautifully balanced, dry and full on the palate, this is a gorgeous wine with good zip in the fruit-filled aftertaste.”
4 STARS
-Susan Desjardins, Winecurrent.com, Canada, Sep 2011

“An on-premise only label, a small portion of the 2010 Black Label Sauvignon Blanc juice was fermented in seasoned oak barriques. It gives a pronounced nose of fresh sage and straw over a core of lime zest, lemon juice and pea pods. Medium bodied with racy acidity, it has decent flavor concentration and a medium-long, herbaceous finish. Drink it now through 2012.”
87 POINTS
-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com #197, Oct 2011

2009

Region:

Marlborough

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 controlled cool 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.

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Tasting Notes:

The bouquet is an inviting mix of tropical, passionfruit aromas with notes of musk and box hedge. Palate entry is luscious and lively, bursting with redcurrant, gooseberry and passionfruit, rounding off with a hint of capsicum. This is a fantastic example of Black Label Sauvignon Blanc that is equally enjoyable on its own and with food.

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