Babich Wines - Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Organic Family Estates Headwaters New Zealand Wine

Family Estates Headwaters Organic Sauvignon Blanc

Babich developed the first vineyard to achieve sustainable registration in New Zealand. With our ongoing commitment to protect the environment through only implementing sustainable practices in all our vineyards, it was a logical progression to move to the next step and investigate the benefits of an organic approach to viticulture. Our organic sauvignon blanc comes from our Headwaters Vineyard, which is farmed in compliance with organic standards.

Select Vintage

2018

Grape:

Sauvignon Blanc

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters Vineyard

Recommended Food:

Try with BBQ’d prosciutto wrapped scallops drizzled with mandarin infuse olive oil.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-7 years

Production Notes:

Fruit from our certified organic block at Headwaters Vineyard were harvested late March and early April. The grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled temperatures with a combination of selected and indigenous yeasts to capture the intense varietal flavours. Strict organic procedures were followed at all times.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.0%
TA: 6.6 g/L
pH: 3.46
Residual Sugar: 1.7 g/L

Tasting Notes:

Mineral aromas with lemon and orange citrus and a distinct floral thread – crisp, dry finish. Juicy and fruity entry with lemon and lime driving through to a crisp finish. Mineral and spice notes linger. Nice herbals and a touch of tangerine also - a wine with density and presence.

2017

Grape:

Sauvignon Blanc

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters Vineyard - Wairau Valley

Recommended Food:

Try with BBQ’d prosciutto wrapped scallops drizzled with mandarin infuse olive oil.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-7 years

Production Notes:

Fruit from our certified organic block at Headwaters Vineyard were harvested in early April. The grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled temperatures with a combination of selected and indigenous yeasts to capture the intense varietal flavours. Strict organic procedures were followed at all times.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.0%
TA: 6.0 g/l
pH: 3.21
Residual Sugar: 2.5 g/l

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of mineral /slate with lemon and orange citrus and a distinct floral thread. Lime and lemon interwoven with a juicy minerality on the palate. Fresh, mouth-filling and long with a lingering apple peel and white blossoms. Fleshy and textured.

Technical

Alcohol:

13.0%

Clonal Selection:

15

Fermentation:

15-18C

Fermentation Vessel:

Stainless steel tank

Filtration:

Yes

Fining:

Gelatin

Grape:

Sauvignon Blanc

Harvest Analysis:

19.4 - 20.6 Brix; pH 3.15-3.20; TA 8.0-8.6 g/l

Harvest Dates:

5th April

Harvest Method:

Machine

Malolactic:

30%

Maturation:

N/A

pH:

3.21

Processing:

Crushed and de-stemmed

Residual Sugar:

2.5 g/l

TA:

6.0 g/l

Vineyard:

Headwaters Vineyard - Wairau Valley

Year:

2017

Awards

GOLD MEDAL – Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters  2017

SILVER MEDAL – Berlin International Wine Competition 2018

90 POINTS – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Feb 2018

4 STARS – Cuisine Magazine, Dec 2017

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

4 STARS – Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, 2018

Reviews

“Struck flint and cut grass accent ripe notes of fig, stone fruit and melon in the medium-bodied 2017 Headwaters Organic Sauvignon Blanc. It’s not as rich as Babich’s Cowslip Valley bottling, but it’s qualitatively its equal, replacing that richness with a cool, wet-stone sensation and equivalent length on the finish.”
90 POINTS
-Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Feb 2018

“Bright, even, light straw-yellow colour, a little lighter-edged.  The nose is taut and fresh with tightly bound aromas of gooseberries, green capsicums and cut-grass, along with savoury herbs.  This has a good core, showing an amalgam of minerals with suggestions of green beans.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has breadth and depth, with mouth-filling flavours of gooseberries, green capsicums, cut-grass and notes of savoury herbs with green beans.  The flavours are up-front and the palate has good vigour and energy, with crisp acidity enlivening the mouthfeel.  The wine flows along a light, dry-textured line, leading to a moderately long finish.  This is an up-front, mouth-filling Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of gooseberries, capsicums and beans on a vigorous palate with light, dry textures.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz , Apr 2018

“The 2017 vintage (3.5*) is pale lemon/green, with vibrant, delicate, apple and pear-like flavours, gentle spicy notes, good weight and texture, and an appetisingly crisp, dry (2.5 grams/litre residual sugar) finish. Best drinking 2019. Certified organic.”
4 STARS
-Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz

2016

Grape:

Sauvignon Blanc

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters Vineyard

Recommended Food:

This organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is perfect with barbecued prosciutto wrapped scallops, drizzled with mandarin infused olive oil.

Recommended Cellaring:

Enjoyable on release, will also benefit from moderate aging.

Production Notes:

Fruit from our certified organic block at Headwaters Vineyard were harvested in April. The grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled temperatures with a combination of selected and indigenous yeasts to capture the intense varietal flavours. Strict organic procedures were followed at all times.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 12.5%
TA: 7g/l
pH: 3.0
Residual Sugar: 1.6g/l

Tasting Notes:

Pretty nose combines floral notes with lime, lemon and orange. Citrus notes persist on the palate with a good dollop of slate/mineral. Juicy green fruits and spice linger on the crisp finish.

Technical

Alcohol:

12.50%

Clonal Selection:

15

Fermentation:

Wild and organic certified yeast

Fermentation Vessel:

Stainless steel

Filtration:

0.45 micron

Fining:

None

Grape:

Sauvignon Blanc

Harvest Analysis:

Various

Harvest Dates:

31st March

Harvest Method:

Machine

Malolactic:

No

Maturation:

2 months on lees

pH:

3

Processing:

Following organic protocols

Residual Sugar:

1.6 g/l

TA:

7.0 g/l

Vineyard:

Headwaters Vineyard

Year:

2016

Awards

SILVER MEDAL – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2016

SILVER MEDAL – Global Organic Masters 2017

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

4 STARS – Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, April 2017

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

SILVER MEDAL – New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2017

Reviews

“This subtle, fully dry wine is grown in the Wairau Valley. The 2016 vintage is mouthfilling, with good vigour and depth of ripe tropical-fruit flavours, slightly spicy and minerally notes, and a long, tight finish.”
4 STARS
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s 2017 Buyers Guide

“Bright straw-yellow colour, paler on the edge.  The nose is softly full with aromas of fragrant gooseberries with notes of fresh herbs harmoniously entwined with nettle elements and subtle while floral nuances,  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is fresh and brisk, with tightly bound flavours of gooseberries along with subtle notes of tropical fruits, nettles and herbs.  The palate has lively acidity and a fine, grainy-textured phenolic line which carries the wine with vibrancy to a thirst-quenching, dry, herb and minerally finish.  This is a fresh and racy Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, tropical fruit, nettle and herb flavours on a grainy-texture palate with a minerally finish.  Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, April 2017

“Light, smooth and lively, with a fresh green, grassy note to the core flavors of crisp melon and lemon.”
-Wine Spectator, www.winespectator.com  2017

2015

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Recommended Food:

This organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is great with seafood or fish meals. Try with fresh oysters!

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

Fruit from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard were harvested in April. The grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled cool temperatures to capture the intense varietal flavours. Strict organic procedures were followed at all times. The wine was bottled soon after completing fermentation.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.0%
TA: 6.9g/l
pH: 3.02
Residual Sugar: 2.6g/l

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of lime and slate with a touch of honeydew melon. A linear and juicy palate with elements of citrus and red-currant. Mineral and driving with a long mouth-watering finish.

Technical

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Year:

2015

Awards

GOLD MEDAL – TheFiftyBest.com, May 2016

GOLD MEDAL – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016

SILVER MEDAL – New York Wine & Spirits Competition 2015

SILVER MEDAL – International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015

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

SILVER MEDAL – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2016

Reviews

“An intriguing bouquet with stony mineral and light spice moments and soft lemon, apple and mild tropical fruit aromas; a wild honey and honeysuckle layer; a bouquet with complexity and charm. On the palate – dry and crisp with lots of citrus flavours showing first – grape fruit and lemon then green apple and mild tropical fruit flavours; plenty of acidity, medium weight and medium+ length; a lovely example.”
-Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, NZ Liquor News, Sept 2015 issue

“Bright, very pale straw colour with green hues, pale on rim. The nose is restrained with softly fresh aromas of gooseberries and sweet peas, along with fresh herbs, lantana and tropical fruit notes, unveiling a fine, tight core with penetrating nuances of chalky minerals. Dry to taste and elegant in presentation, the palate features a tight core with restrained and subtle fruit flavours of gooseberries, sweet peas, fresh herbs and white stone-fruits, entwined with mineral notes. The palate has a firm and lively core with refreshing acidity and lifted floral elements unfolding as it flows along a fine, soft-textured phenolic line. The wine is balanced and the componentry integrated, and the lacy acidity leads to a long finish of gooseberries, sweet peas and minerals. This is an elegant, tightly bound Sauvignon Blanc with restrained fruit flavours, balanced componentry and a fine phenolic line.”
4 STARS
18/20 POINTS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2016

“The 2015 Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc opens with pronounced lemon juice and green apple notes with underlying white pepper, dill and lime blossom nuances. Light to medium-bodies, it fills the palate with youthful, vivacious citrus and herb flavors, finishing with the lively lift.”
-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, www.erobertparker.com, #224, Apr 2016

2014

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Recommended Food:

This organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is great with seafood or fish meals. Try with fresh oysters!

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

Fruit from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard were harvested in April. The grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled cool temperatures to capture the intense varietal flavours. Strict organic procedures were followed at all times. The wine was bottled soon after completing fermentation.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.0%
TA: 7.0g/l
pH: 3.42
Residual Sugar: 0.7g/l

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of gooseberry fruit and florals, that unfold revealing herbal, flinty, minerally elements. The palate has subtle guava and honeysuckle with tropical passion fruit and apple.

Technical

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Year:

2014

Awards

GOLD MEDAL – Sydney International Wine Competition 2015

SILVER MEDAL – New World Wine Awards 2014

SILVER MEDAL – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2015

SILVER MEDAL – Fingers Lake International Wine Competition 2015

4 STARS – Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Sept 2014

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

Reviews

“Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, pale edged. This has a full, ethereal nose of white florals with mineral and fresh herb detail, revealing light nettle and capsicum notes. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, restrained and tightly bound flavours of gooseberries, minerals and herbs follow a fine textural thread with good linearity. The acidity is soft and light in zestiness, enlivening the herb and floral fruit. Refreshing and lively, the mouthfeel is bright, dry and moderately sustained with subtle herb and minerally notes. This is a restrained and stylish gooseberry and floral fruited Sauvignon Blanc. Serve as an aperitif and with shellfish over the next 2 years.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Sept 2014

“Focused, linear and taut, this is firmer than a typical Marlborough sauvignon, but offers plenty of appealing aromas of passionfruit, currant, musk and dill. The palate delivers excellent weight and texture, and finishes long and mouth-watering.”
4.5 STARS
-Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, www.wineorbit.co.nz, Jan 2015

“Lean, with vibrant acidity that comes across as slightly coarse, revealing a solid miz of lemon-lime flavors and appealing fresh herb notes.” -Wine Spectator, www.winespectator.com, 2015 “The 2014 Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc shows a bit of sulfides, struck match and flint at first then gives plenty of lemon and yuzu with a pinch of fresh sage. Medium-bodied, the wine shows great intensity and nice savory characters with citrus accents through the long mineral finish.”
90 POINTS
-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, www.eRobertParker.com, #216, Dec 2014

2013

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Recommended Food:

This organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is great with seafood or fish meals. Try with fresh oysters!

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

Fruit from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard were harvested in April. The grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled cool temperatures to capture the intense varietal flavours. Strict organic procedures were followed at all times. The wine was bottled soon after completing fermentation.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 12.5%
TA: 7.8g/l
pH: 3.11
Residual Sugar: 3.0g/l

Tasting Notes:

The nose presents as clean and flinty with mineral pretty floral notes and kiwifruit also. There is a lovely purity of texture and an attractive fleshiness in the mouth. Clean, crisp acids are augmented by mineral notes and wholesome flavours notably melon and granny smith apples. Honey dew melon lingers on the finish.

Technical

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Year:

2013

Awards

GOLD MEDAL – China Wine Awards 2013

5 STARS – Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, June 2014

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

SILVER MEDAL – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013

4.5 STARS, 93 POINTS – Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbell.nz

Reviews

“The 2013 vintage (4*) is vibrant, sweet-fruited and tightly structured, with leesy notes adding complexity and strong, ripe melon, grapefruit and spice flavours that build well across the palate to a crisp, lingering finish.”
4 STARS
-Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, August 2013

“The 2013 Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc reveals a pretty nose of fresh citrus fruits – lemons and grapefruit – with underlying crushed stones and white pepper nuances. Light to medium-bodied and showing a good amount of citrus zest in the mouth, its racy acid backbone extends through the finish.”
-Lisa-Perrotti Brown, eRobertParker.com #209, Oct 2013

“Fruit from the ‘Headwaters’ vineyard, Wairau Valley, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3 g/L RS. Very even, pale straw-yellow colour. This has a very fine, tight and elegantly penetrating nose of lifted gooseberry fruit lifted with esters and exotic florals, that unfold, revealing herbal and flinty, minerally elements. Dry to taste, ethereal flavours build in fullness, to show white stonefruits, herbs, tropical fruits and gooseberries, lifted with florals. The flavours follow a very fine, delicately textured and softly acidic line, quietly receding to a light, dry and minerally finish. This is a gently full, open, ethereally-flavoured Sauvignon Blanc with a fine, dry finish.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, March 2014

“Aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with pleasing purity and an ethereal texture. Subtle guava and honeysuckle with a hint of passion fruit and ripe apple. Attractive wine that can be enjoyed with or without the complication of food.”
4.5 STARS
93 POINTS
-Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbell.nz

“Vibrant, richly fruited and classically styled Marlborough expression – waves of gooseberry, nettles and tropical fruits; plenty of sweet apple and grapefruit aromas too. On the palate – just dry and immediately herbaceous with nettles, roughed-up hay, red bell-pepper and then lemon/grapefruit flavors; green apple emerges after a while; medium++ acidity, medium- weight; balanced, very drinkable.”
5 STARS
-Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, June 2014

2012

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Recommended Food:

This organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is great with seafood or fish meals. Try with fresh oysters!

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

Fruit from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard were harvested in April. The grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled cool temperatures to capture the intense varietal flavours. Strict organic procedures were followed at all times. The wine was bottled soon after completing fermentation.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 12.5%
TA: 7.8g/l
pH: 3.11
Residual Sugar: 3.0g/l

Tasting Notes:

This is the fourth vintage from our Headwaters Estate Organic block and the resulting wine goes from strength to strength. The nose displays orange blossom, grapefruit and lemonade with floral notes graced with a touch of minerality. The palate is elegant and complex with lime, again grapefruit and a hint of spice. There is a lush texture to the wine with an unfolding herbal/mineral component, creating both a tight and delicious wine.

Technical

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Year:

2012

Awards

GOLD MEDAL -Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, NZ 2013

4 STARS -Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, Sept 2012

4 STARS, 18/20 -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Sept 2012

4 STARS – Winestate Magazine, Special Edition 2013

90 POINTS -2013 Penguin Wine Guide

90 POINTS -Lisa-Perrotti Brown, eRobertParker.com #209, Oct 2013

Reviews

“A restrained style showing lemon/lime zest, white peach and herbaceous characters with a hint of flinty notes on the nose. The palate is taut and racy with fine texture, leading to a linear finish.”
4 STARS
-Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz , Sept 2012

“Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. This has a fresh and full nose with softly intense aromas of red capsicums, gooseberries, passionfruit and steely minerals, all detailed and interwoven. Dry with crisp, tingly acidity, the flavours of gooseberries and passionfruit are tightly bound but are driven with slippery acidity adding real liveliness. This has good depth and a building body, and the wine finishes with dry, fine textures and some pungent passionfruit notes. This is a youthfully tight, classical Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc with detail and nuances to serve with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the ‘Headwaters’ organic block in the Wairau Valley, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.4% alc. and 3.0 g/L rs, the wine spending time on lees.”
4 STARS 18/20
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Sept 2012

“The 2012 is a medium-bodied wine, minerally rather than fruity, with restrained, citrusy, slightly spicy and leesy flavours, crisp and dry.”
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013

“Full-bodied, ripely flavoured and dry, with some complexity showing. Tightly structured wine, described approvingly by one judge as ‘serious’.”
-Winestate Magazine, March 2013

“Made from organically grown grapes, the Sauvignon Blanc is quite restrained, with an almost musky edge to the tropical fruit characters on show. Lantana and riverstone provide accents on the vibrant palate, which shows excellent drive and tension.”
90 POINTS
-2013 Penguin Wine Guide

“Offers plenty of peach, marmalade and mandarin orange flavors, with subtle spice and floral details. Reveals a good punch of acidity on the finish. Drink now.”
88 POINTS
-Wine Spectator Magazine, May 2013

“With a lovely white peach, fresh pear and lemon meringue nose accented by underlying baking bread and honeysuckle hints, the medium-bodied 2012 Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc gives tons of expressive stone fruit and citrus flavors that carry through the long, refreshing finish.”
90 POINTS
-Lisa-Perrotti Brown, eRobertParker.com #209, Oct 2013

“A “toasty and complex” wine, with subtle varietal aromas, yet powerful fruit intensity and citrus-like acid on a long ripe and full palate.”
4 STARS
-Winestate Magazine, Special Edition 2013

2011

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Recommended Food:

This organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is great with seafood or fish meals. Try with fresh oysters!

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

Fruit from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard were harvested on the 5th of April. The grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled cool temperatures to capture the intense varietal flavours. Strict organic procedures were followed at all times. The wine was bottled soon after completing fermentation.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 12.5%
TA: 8g/l
pH: 3.12
Residual Sugar: 1.7g/l

Tasting Notes:

This is the third vintage from our Headwaters Estate Organic block and the resulting wine goes from strength to strength. The nose displays orange blossom, grapefruit and lemonade, with floral notes graced with a touch of minerality. The palate is elegant and complex with lime, again grapefruit and a hint of spice. There is a lush texture to the wine with an unfolding herbal/mineral component, creating both a tight and delicious wine. From our historic bottling of this parcel we see improvement with time, this vintage will be no exception, with an exciting future.

Technical

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Year:

2011

Awards

4 STARS -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, October 2011 4 STARS -Bob Campbell, www.bobswinereviews.com, Nov 2011

Reviews

“Bright, very pale straw colour with a clear rim, the nose is fresh, vibrant and full of passionfruit, nectarine and lime fruit aromas, complexed by white floral and flinty elements. Dry on palate, the flavours of passionfruit, limes, and gooseberries are lifted by tropical fruit notes and fill the mouth. Soft and very smooth, the acidity is seamless, and the finish delicate and nuanced. Balance and harmony with the array of flavours are the features of this wine. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 2 years.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, October 2011

“Produced from organically grown grapes and vinified under New Zealand organic principles, the 2011 Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc has moderate to intense aromas of lemon peel, lime juice and straw with suggestions of fresh grass and dill seed. Medium bodied, citrus flavors fill the mouth countered by a crisp acid backbone, finishing long and clean. Drinking now, it should keep fresh through 2013.”
-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com #197, Oct 2011

“Certified organic, the 2011 vintage is a subtle, dry wine, grown in the Wairau Valley. Still a baby, it is weighty and zingy, with fresh, ripe melon/lime flavours, very delicate and pure. A quietly satisfying wine, it needs time; open mid-2012+.”
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012

“Attractively pure Sauvingon Blanc with appealing sweet fruit and flavours suggesting passionfruit/tropical fruit, gooseberry and red capsicum. A gentler, riper style than many from this vintage. Appealing wine that’s drinking well now.”
4 STARS
-Bob Campbell, www.bobswinereviews.com, Nov 2011

“Offers plenty of peach, marmalade and mandarin orange flavors, with subtle spice and floral details. Reveals a good punch of acidity on the finish. Drink now.”
88 POINTS
-Wine Spectator Magazine, April Issue

2010

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Recommended Food:

This organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is great with seafood or fish meals. Try with fresh oysters!

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

Fruit from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard were harvested on the 5th of April. The grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled cool temperatures to capture the intense varietal flavours. Strict organic procedures were followed at all times. The wine was bottled soon after completing fermentation.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 12.0%
TA: 7g/l
pH: 2.97
Residual Sugar: 0.5g/l

Tasting Notes:

The nose presents as clean and flinty with mineral pretty floral notes and kiwifruit also. There is a lovely purity of texture and an attractive fleshiness in the mouth. Clean, crisp acids are augmented by mineral notes and wholesome flavours notably melon and granny smith apples. Honey dew melon lingers on the finish.

Technical

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Year:

2010

Awards

4.5 STARS, 89 POINTS -Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Oct, 2010

4 STARS -Winestate Magazine, Special Edition, Dec, 2010

4 STARS, 17/20 -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2011

87 POINTS -Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com #197, Oct 2011

Reviews

“From the Wairau Valley, this is an elegant expression of Sauvignon displaying currant, lime zest and a touch flinty characters on the nose. The palate is racy and taut with mouthwatering acidity and an impressively long linear finish. The wine should be brilliant with shellfish. At its best: now to 2013.”
89 POINTS
4.5 STARS
-Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Oct, 2010

“Some grapey/floral notes. Palate a nice balance of fruit, acid and residual sugar.”
4 STARS
-Winestate Magazine, Special Edition, Dec, 2010

“Brilliantly clear straw yellow in colour, this has a gentle nose of gooseberries, fennel, savoury herbs, citrus fruits and minerals. A dry, elegant wine the fruit expression is restrained and relatively subtle for this variety. There is still excellent freshness and liveliness, and the laid back nature enables accessibility and drinkability. Fruit from the organically certified 5 ha ‘Headwaters’ block in the Wairau Valley. Cool fermented to 12.0% alc. in stainless-steel. A stylish wine to enjoy over the next two years as an aperitif and with shellfish.”
17/20 4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2011

“The 2010 Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc gives a nose of crushed stone, grapefruit and fresh herbs. The medium bodied palate has a good concentration of zesty / herbal flavors with a long finish. Drink this one now to 2013.”
87 POINTS
-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com #197, Oct 2011

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