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Family Estates Headwaters Organic Grüner Veltliner

Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand is an integral part of the future of New Zealand wine production, and Babich Wines developed the first vineyard in New Zealand to achieve registration. With our ongoing commitment to protect the environment, through 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 Headwaters Vineyard is farmed in compliance with organic standards.

Select Vintage

2016

Grape:

Gruner Veltliner

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters Vineyard

Recommended Food:

Babich Grüner Veltliner is a versatile wine that would pairs well with a variety of dishes, from fish to chicken to ham.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-5 years

Production Notes:

The parcel of fruit was hand harvested from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard. 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: 4.4g/l
pH: 3.27
Residual Sugar: 1.8g/l

Tasting Notes:

White musk, laced with pepper over slate and Kawakawa leaf. Well weighted and tightly structured with baked apple notes, a ton of spice and a definite mineral note. Finish is fresh, lingering and dry.

Technical

Alcohol:

12.00%

Clonal Selection:

1

Fermentation:

Organic approved yeast

Fermentation Vessel:

Tand and old oak barrel

Filtration:

Yes

Fining:

Organic skim milk

Grape:

Gruner Veltliner

Harvest Analysis:

20.6 Brix, pH 3.40, TA 5.4 g/L

Harvest Dates:

1st April

Harvest Method:

Machine

Malolactic:

No

Maturation:

5 months

pH:

3.27

Processing:

6 hours skin soaking

Residual Sugar:

1.8 g/l

TA:

4.4 g/l

Vineyard:

Headwaters Vineyard

Year:

2016

Awards

GOLD MEDAL – 90 POINTS – International Organic Wine Awards 2017

Reviews

“Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with green hues, lighter on the rim.  This has a fresh, tightly bound nose with a fine core of fresh herbs, white stone-fruits and nuances of green stone-fruits with white pepper suggestions.  Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has a firm heart with light flavours of green herbs, white stone-fruits and white pepper.  The mouthfeel is thirst-quenchingly dry and the wine flows along a fine phenolic line with integrated acidity, leading to a slender, dry, lingering finish with stone-fruit and mineral nuances.  This is a taut and light fruited Grüner Veltliner with white stone-fruit and herb flavours on a mouthwatering, dry palate.”
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, April 2017

“Drinking well now, this is an invitingly fragrant, dry wine. Medium-bodied (12% alc/vol), it has vibrant,  peachy flavours, hints of ginger, herbs and spices, and a well-rounded finish. Certified organic.”
4 STARS
– Michael Cooper, NZ Listener, Mar 2018

2015

Grape:

Grüner Veltliner

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Recommended Food:

Babich Grüner Veltliner is a versatile wine that would pairs well with a variety of dishes, from fish to chicken to ham.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-5 years

Production Notes:

The parcel of fruit was hand harvested from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard. 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: 5.1g/l
pH: 3.14
Residual Sugar: 1.7g/l

Tasting Notes:

White musk, laced with pepper over slate and Kawakawa leaf. Well weighted and tightly structured with baked apple notes, a ton of spice and a definite mineral note. Finish is fresh, lingering and dry.

2014

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Recommended Food:

Babich Grüner Veltliner is a versatile wine that would pairs well with a variety of dishes, from fish to chicken to ham.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-5 years

Production Notes:

The parcel of fruit was hand harvested from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard. 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: 12.50%
TA: 6.0g/l
pH: 3.27
Residual Sugar: 1.1g/l

Tasting Notes:

White blossoms, green apple and a suggestion of warmth. Finely structured and slippery with good volume. A mouthful of floral spice and musk. Mineral finish.

Technical

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Year:

2014

Reviews

“Certified organic, the 2014 vintage is mouth-filling and dry, with citrusy, slightly spicy flavours, showing good depth, fresh acidity and a distinctly spicy finish.”
– Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz

“Fruit from the ‘Headwaters’ organic block, Wairau Valley, given some skin contact and warm-fermented at 18-19°C in tank to12.1% alc. and 2 g/L RS, the wine given some batonnage. Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour, light-edged. The nose is light with subtle aromas of white stonefruits, flowers and delicate fresh herb nuances. Dry to taste and light-bodied, shy flavours of herbs, stonefruits and white florals form a soft and delicate core. The fruit possesses some sweetness and succulence, unfolding on mid-palate. Soft acidity and discreet phenolics carry the wine with balance and gentleness. The flavours recede, leaving a clean, dry, lightly herbal nuanced finish. This is a soft and light dry Gruner Veltliner with subtle herb and floral flavours. Serve as an aperitif, with antipasto and with white meat dishes over the next 2 years.”
– Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Sept 2014

“Distinctively fruity bouquet with depth and breadth with wild honey fruits and spice centering on white nectarine and pear. On the palate – quite spicy and dry with moderate fruit appeal, medium+ acidity and moderate stony soil attributes.”
– Cameron Douglas MS – NZ Liquor News April 2015

2013

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Recommended Food:

Babich Grüner Veltliner is a versatile wine that would pairs well with a variety of dishes, from fish to chicken to ham.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-5 years

Production Notes:

The parcel of fruit was hand harvested from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard. 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: 5.4g/l
pH: 3.15
Residual Sugar: 1.9g/l

Tasting Notes:

Pure, clean apple and mineral aromas are complemented by captivating musky and floral notes. The palate is succulent and well structured with good weight. Tropical and stone fruits are subtlety displayed along with green apples. The acid is nicely balanced with natural fruit sweetness and juicy weight. The finish is long, tangy with a hint of tropical fruit, lemon and lime. An elegant and intriguing wine.

Technical

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Year:

2013

Awards

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

SILVER MEDAL – NZ Organic Wine Awards 2015

Reviews

“The 2013 vintage, also certified organic, was very tight and youthful when tasted in July 2013. Crisp and dry, it is sweet-fruited, with strong, ripe grapefruit, lime and spice flavours, showing some lees-aging complexity, which build well across the palate to a long finish.”
4 STARS -Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz

“Then 2013 Headwaters Organic Grüner Veltliner opens with notes of spiced apples and fresh straw plus a hint of honeyed toast. Dry, light -bodied and crisp on the palate, it lacks any real complexity or indeed vibrancy before it finishes abruptly. Drink it now.”
– Lisa-Perrotti Brown, eRobertParker.com #209, Oct 2013

“Hand-harvested fruit from the ‘Headwaters’ vineyard, Wairau Valley, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 1.9 g/L RS. Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with lighter green hues on edge. Refined and clear aromas of white pepper, celery leaf and herbs feature on the bouquet and build with good intensity. Dry to taste, elegantly presented and restrained flavours of herbs, white pepper, stonefruits and florals form a soft mouthfeel. The palate is guided by a fine phenolic line, with drying, thirst-quenching acidity that carries through to a light, soft finish. This is an up-front, dry Grüner Veltliner of good fruit clarity with soft, underlying phenolics.”
4 STARS 17.5/20 POINTS
– Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, March 2014

2012

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Recommended Food:

Babich Grüner Veltliner is a versatile wine that would pairs well with a variety of dishes, from fish to chicken to ham.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-5 years

Production Notes:

The parcel of fruit was hand harvested from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard. 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: 6.1g/l
pH: 3.2
Residual Sugar: 1.6g/l

Tasting Notes:

Pure, clean apple and mineral aromas are complemented by captivating musky and floral notes. The palate is succulent and well structured with good weight. Tropical and stone fruits are subtlety displayed along with green apples. The acid is nicely balanced with natural fruit sweetness and juicy weight. The finish is long, tangy with a hint of tropical fruit, lemon and lime. An elegant and intriguing wine.

Technical

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Year:

2012

Awards

4 STARS, 17.5/20 -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Sept 2012

4 STARS -Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.com, Sep 2012

Reviews

“Second crop fruit from the ‘Headwaters’ organic block in the Wairau Valley, given some skin contact and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 1.6 g/L rs. Bright straw-yellow colour with green hues, pale on rim. Delicately soft, but full aromas of white pepper, herbs and celery build with depth and volume in the glass. Dry to taste, up-front, but softly concentrated flavours of pepper, herbs and white stonefruits show with good weight. A subtle textural thread forms a good palate line adding to the mouthfeel, and fresh acidity contributes to the liveliness and grip. The wine has good length, finishing crisp and dry, with some graininess. This is a textural, subtle-flavoured Gruner Veltliner.”
4 STARS 17.5/20
– Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Sept 2012

“It’s youthful and gentle on the nose showing citrus, floral and a hint of stone fruit characters. The palate is restrained and tightly structured with good fruit weight and a pleasing crisp finish. At its best: now to 2015.”
– Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, Sep, 2012

“Attractive wine in a moderately varietal style with mineral, citrus/lime and pepper flavours. Nice purity and a good balance of slight sweetness with fruity acidity and gentle tannins.”
4 STARS
-Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.com, Sep 2012

“The 2012 vintage, certified by BioGro, is medium-bodied, with very good vigour and depth of citrusy, slightly limey, appley and spicy flavours, fresh, crisp and dry. Well worth cellaring to 2014 onwards.” -Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013 “Light, bright, crisp and elegant take on this newly introduced variety that makes a decent fist of the citrus and white pepper characters you see in the Austrian examples of these wines. There’s the merest hint of lush and exotic fruits. One to watch.”
90 POINTS
– 2013 Penguin Wine Guide

2011

Region:

Marlborough

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Recommended Food:

Babich Grüner Veltliner is a versatile wine that would pairs well with a variety of dishes, from fish to chicken to ham.

Recommended Cellaring:

0-5 years

Production Notes:

The parcel of fruit was hand harvested from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard. 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: 6.6g/l
pH: 3.14
Residual Sugar: dry

Tasting Notes:

Pure, clean apple and mineral aromas are complemented by captivating musky and floral notes. The palate is succulent and well structured with good weight. Tropical and stone fruits are subtlety displayed along with green apples. The acid is nicely balanced with natural fruit sweetness and juicy weight. The finish is long, tangy with a hint of tropical fruit, lemon and lime. An elegant and intriguing wine.

Technical

Vineyard:

Headwaters (Wairau Valley)

Year:

2011

Awards

4 STARS -Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.com, April, 2012

Reviews

“Fruit from the ‘Headwaters’ vineyard in the Wairau Valley, cool stainless-steel fermented to 12.0% alc. and dryness. Very pale straw colour with light green hues, this has a fresh, aromatic and lifted nose with white stonefruit, pepper and gentle herbs with some fermentation esters. There is some good depth to the nose. Very dry, very crisp and racy on palate, this has flavours of steely green apples with a citrus and esters lift, and minerally, wet stone notes. The wine is tight and a little unyielding at present, but the fruit weight promises to open out and reveal more given another 6 months in bottle. Drink with sushi and shellfish over the next 2-3+ years.”
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, June 2011

“It’s gently fragrant on the nose displaying green apple, peach, citrus and floral characters. The palate is taut and finely textured with bright acidity providing good structure and length. This would be a lovely match to subtly flavoured seafood dishes. At its best: now to 2014.”
– Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Aug 2011

“Made in a dry style, the debut 2011 vintage is a medium-bodied wine with a floral bouquet and lemony, slightly spicy flavours, fresh and crisp. In its infancy, it’s hard to pin down clear-cut varietal characters, but bottle-age (and in later years, vine-age) will surely help.”
– Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012

“Gruner Veltliner is the new fashion but as yet the vines are young and, for us, it has still to reach its full potential. This particular example displays green apple and citrus aromas and flavours with a crisp acidity and dry finish.”
– TiZwine.com, Feb 2012

“Lifted spicy, peppery wine with true varietal character. Vibrant, focused wine in a dry and delicate style. It has an interesting grainy and slightly astringent texture.”
4 STARS
– Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.com, April, 2012

“Organically grown grapes from Marlborough are the base of this wine which is a huge favourite in Austria and developing a following here. Tending dry, this medium-bodied white wine has strong floral notes with lemon, spice and musky flavours.”
– John Hawkesby, Canvas Magazine, May 2012