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Family Estates Wakefield Downs Sauvignon Blanc

Our Wakefield Downs Vineyard is positioned on natural terraces overlooking the Awatere River in Marlborough. Wine from this Babich vineyard demonstrates pure minerality on the palate, which is typical for wines produced on this superior site.

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2016

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Wakefield Downs (Awatere Valley)

Recommended Food:

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

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

A minimal approach to winemaking was taken with these single vineyard wines. At harvest, parcels of fruit were carefully selected from the Wakefield Downs Vineyard in the Awatere Valley. The fruit was quickly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain aromatics particular to this unique site. The individual parcels were assessed, blended and lightly fined before bottling.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.0%
TA: 6.2g/l
pH: 3.24
RS: 1.8g/l

Tasting Notes:

Fresh and focused orange peel, lemon, lime and mandarin with a touch of mango and spice. Creamy entry with intense fruits, ripe citrus overlaying complex herbs. Linear, fleshy and driving with lingering lime and gooseberry. Nervy and delicious.

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2015

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Wakefield Downs (Awatere Valley)

Recommended Food:

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

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

A minimal approach to winemaking was taken with these single vineyard wines. At harvest, parcels of fruit were carefully selected from the Wakefield Downs Vineyard in the Awatere Valley. The fruit was quickly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain aromatics particular to this unique site. The individual parcels were assessed, blended and lightly fined before bottling.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.0%
TA: 6.5g/l
pH: 3.29
RS: 2.0g/l

Tasting Notes:

A floral note of sweet pea develops to ripe pineapple and a touch of spice on the nose. Rock melon and gooseberry fruits on the palate are complemented by a pleasing fleshy texture and nicely integrated soft acidity. Good weight and length.

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2013

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Wakefield Downs (Awatere Valley)

Recommended Food:

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

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

A minimal approach to winemaking was taken with these single vineyard wines. At harvest, parcels of fruit were carefully selected from the Wakefield Downs Vineyard in the Awatere Valley. The fruit was quickly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain aromatics particular to this unique site. The individual parcels were assessed, blended and lightly fined before bottling.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.5%
TA: 7.0g/l
pH: 3.51
RS: 1.6g/l

Tasting Notes:

A floral note of sweet pea develops to ripe pineapple and a touch of spice on the nose. Rock melon and gooseberry fruits on the palate are complemented by a pleasing fleshy texture and nicely integrated soft acidity. Good weight and length.

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Technical

Vineyard:

Wakefield Downs (Awatere Valley)

Year:

2013

Awards

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

4 STARS – Winestate Magazine, January 2014

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

Reviews

“The 2013 vintage is fresh, with slightly nettley aromas and flavours. Mouthfilling and dry, it has vibrant, ripely herbaceous flavours, with a crisp, flinty streak and a long finish.”
4 STARS
-Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz

“The 2013 Wakefield Downs Sauvignon Blanc has a delicately adorned nose of white blossoms and fresh lemon with hints of lime leaves and pears. Medium-bodied, the palate shows a good intensity of vivacious citrus and herbal flavors offset by crisp acid and a finish with good length.”
-Lisa-Perrotti Brown, eRobertParker.com #209, Oct 2013

“Floral, lush fruit with some fresh grassy aromas. “Rich, complex and long” commented one judge.”
-Winestate Magazine, Special Edition 2013

“There are still far too many confected, fruit-cocktail-scented Kiwi Sauvignons out there but the truly talented winemakers have focussed on making classic, linear, mineral-soaked styles of wine built around a core of tightly-wound citrus fruit. Sheer heaven.”
-Matthew Jukes, www.matthewjukes.com, Daily Mail, 1 March 2014

“Very even, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. This has a very elegant and finely presented bouquet of tightly bound aromas of gooseberries, nettles, fresh herbs and chalky minerals. Dry to taste and elegant in proportion, slender, but intense flavours of minerals, herbs and nettly fruit feature. The core is fine-textured and flows with brightness and energy supported by mouthwatering acidity. A suggestion of secondary bean-like nuances show, and the flavours are carried with zestiness and laciness to a sustained finish. This is a tight and slender, mouthwatering Awatere Sauvignon Blanc.”
4 STARS
18/20 POINTS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, March 2014

“Rich, lush Sauvignon Blanc with exotic flavours that include guava, passion fruit, mango and red capsicum. Quite a fleshy, mouth-filling wine with moderate complexity and a lingering finish.”
4.5 STARS, 93 POINTS
-Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbell.nz

2012

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Wakefield Downs (Awatere Valley)

Recommended Food:

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

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

A minimal approach to winemaking was taken with these single vineyard wines. At harvest, parcels of fruit were carefully selected from the Wakefield Downs Vineyard in the Awatere Valley. The fruit was quickly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain aromatics particular to this unique site. The individual parcels were assessed, blended and lightly fined before bottling.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.0%
TA: 7.4g/l
pH: 3.52
RS: 4.4g/l

Tasting Notes:

A powerful wine, with an impressive array of pungent box-wood, red currents and gooseberry notes. The palate is both fresh and mouth-filling, layered with tropical fruits, passionfruit, guava, underpinned with mineral and lemon zest flavours that linger on the finish.

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Technical

Vineyard:

Wakefield Downs (Awatere Valley)

Year:

2012

Awards

5 STARS, 93 POINTS -Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, Sept 2012

5 STARS, 18.5/20 -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Sept 2012

5 STARS, 93 POINTS -Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.com, Oct 2012

90 POINTS – Decanter Magazine, Nov 2013

Reviews

“Ripe and lush, the gorgeous bouquet shows white peach, feijoa, citrus and herbaceous characters. It’s concentrated and succulent on the palate with superb intensity, finishing impressively long and delicious. Beautifully balanced and highly enjoyable.”
5 STARS
93 POINTS
-Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz , Sept 2012

“Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with some green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is softly full with excellent intensity and depth of green capsicums, dark herbs, grass and gooseberries, growing in volume in the glass. Dry to taste, full, ripe gooseberry fruit flavours show subtle sweetness and lusciousness in balance and harmony with the soft, ripe acidity. This is finely textured and quite richly mouthfilling. The openness and accessibility combined with the juiciness is the feature on the palate. The flavours are carried through to a lush and fulsome finish with lingering, sweet gooseberry and grassy notes. This is a lusciously fruity and approachable Sauvignon Blanc to match with Asian cuisine over the next 2+ years.”
5 STARS
18.5/20
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Sept 2012

“Classy Sauvignon Blanc with silken texture plus a long and linear finish. Integrated stone fruit, red capsicum, gooseberry and a hint of currant bud. Deliciously drinkable wine that’s in great form right now.”
5 STARS
93 POINTS
-Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.com, Oct 2012

“The 2012 is very refined, with fresh, ‘tomato stalk’ aromas leading into a vibrant, sweet-fruited wine with deep melon, lime and passionfruit flavours. It’s full of potential.”
4.5 STARS
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013

“Another Babich Family Estates Individual Vineyard wine, this time situated in the Awatere Valley. Fresh and mouth-filling with a combo of green herbaceousness and lingering tropical fruit.”
4 STARS
-TiZwine.com, February 2013

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
-Decanter Magazine, July 2013 issue

“Lots happening here: herbal notes with tropical fruits like fresh guava and even some flinty nuances. Slightly smokey, balanced, understated with a firm, long finish.”
90 POINTS
-Decanter Magazine, Nov 2013

2011

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Wakefield Downs (Awatere Valley)

Recommended Food:

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

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

A minimal approach to winemaking was taken with these single vineyard wines. At harvest, parcels of fruit were carefully selected from the Wakefield Downs Vineyard in the Awatere Valley. The fruit was quickly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain aromatics particular to this unique site. The individual parcels were assessed, blended and lightly fined before bottling.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.0%
TA: 7.8g/l
pH: 3.25
Residual Sugar: 2.2g/l

Tasting Notes:

A powerful wine, with an impressive array of pungent box-wood, redcurrants and gooseberry notes. The palate is both fresh and mouth-filling, layered with tropical fruits, passionfruit, guava, underpinned with mineral and lemon zest flavours that linger on the finish.

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Technical

Vineyard:

Wakefield Downs (Awatere Valley)

Year:

2011

Awards

4 STARS -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, November 2011

5 STARS, 95 POINTS -Bob Campbell MW, Groumet Traveller Wine Magazine, Feb 2012

Reviews

“Brilliant green-hued straw colour with a pale rim. This has a very fine, restrained nose of English gooseberries, white florals, stonefruits, fresh garden herbs and minerals, lifted by fermentation esters. Dry and still very tight and undeveloped, this is a wine of delicacy and fine textured with light gooseberry fruits and florals infused with minerals. The palate is soft and harmonious with balanced acidity and a moderately sustained finish.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, November 2011

“A pungent, concentrated wine with lovely purity. Delicate passion fruit, gooseberry, mineral and aroamtic herb flavours. A wine of subtle power most obviously displayed on a lingering finish.”
5 STARS
95 POINTS
-Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Travellor Wine Magazine, Feb 2012

“Single-vineyard, Awatere Valley wine with mouthfilling body, ripe tropical fruit aromas and flavours, gentle herbaceous notes and a slightly creamy texture.”
-Winestate Magazine, January 2012 & March/April 2012

“From the Awatere Valley, this racy Sauvignon shows delicate aromas of grapefruit, floral and fresh herbs. The palate is taut and finely textured with lovely focus and a lengthy crisp finish. A restrained expression showing mouth-watering flavours.”
-Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Magazine, Issue 18, www.wineorbit.co.nz, March 2012

“The 2011 vintage of this single-vineyard, Awatere Valley wine has mouthfilling body, ripe tropical-fruit aromas and flavours, gentle herbaceous notes and a slightly creamy texture.”
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013

“It came as no surprise to see Babich emerge as the winner in our extensive blind tasting of over 50 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc’s. This comes from a single vineyard in the Awatere River, a sub-region of Marlborough, the capital of New Zealand Sauvignon. The wines are known for their minerality and purity. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and minimally treated throughout the winemaking process. The nose bursts with fresh and lively aromatics of melon, passion fruit and citrus. The palate is dry yet fruity, light in body, well balanced and very refreshing.”
-James Cluer, The Vancouver Sun, Jan 2013

2010

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Wakefield Downs (Awatere Valley)

Recommended Food:

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

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

A minimal approach to winemaking was taken with these single vineyard wines. At harvest, parcels of fruit were carefully selected from the Wakefield Downs Vineyard in the Awatere Valley. The fruit was quickly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain aromatics particular to this unique site. The individual parcels were assessed, blended and lightly fined before bottling.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol:14.0%
TA: 7.7g/l
pH: 3.43
Residual Sugar: 1.1g/l

Tasting Notes:

A sweet, pungent and attractive nose flaunts peppery spice, ripe pineapple and melons. Full ripe pineapple also on the entry. Sweet fruited and fleshy on the mid palate with beautiful texture and weight. Fruit salad and zesty green herbal notes mingle pleasantly on the tongue. A well balanced wine with refreshing acidity and citrus finish.

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2009

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Wakefield Downs (Awatere Valley)

Recommended Food:

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

Recommended Cellaring:

Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:

A minimal approach to winemaking was taken with these single vineyard wines. At harvest, parcels of fruit were carefully selected from the Wakefield Downs Vineyard in the Awatere Valley. The fruit was quickly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain aromatics particular to this unique site. The individual parcels were assessed, blended and lightly fined before bottling.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol:13.5%
TA: 8.4g/l
pH: 3.42
Residual Sugar: 2.8g/l

Tasting Notes:

A floral note of sweetpea develops to ripe pineapple and a touch of spice on the nose. Rock melon and gooseberry fruits on the palate are complemented by a pleasing fleshy texture and nicely integrated soft acidity. Good weight and length.

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