Marlborough Pinot Gris

Babich Black Label Marlborough Pinot Gris has been sustainably crafted for high-end restaurants and bars around the world. This wine is 100% estate grown, and partially fermented in oak barriques to deliver dry, rich and full-bodied style that pairs perfectly with a range of foods, but particularly seafood.

TASTING NOTES

Specific parcels of Estate Grown fruit were harvested, crushed then left on skins for 6 hours to increase mouthfeel and flavour concentration. After pressing, 58% of the juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures, and with various yeasts, to capture varietal character and maintain freshness. The balance was fermented in old French oak to increase the body and complexity of the wine.

Golden delicious apple, ginger and nectarine aromas. Rich and creamy entry leads onto an opulent and focused mid-palate. Fruit crumble and fresh pear mingle with spicier elements. Warm and complex.

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

93 POINTS - Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, March 2021 issue
90 POINTS - NZ Wine Rater

"Deep golden in hue. Mellow, expansive bouquet of golden delicious apples, fallen leaves, brown sugar and vanilla notes. Full, dry, rich and fleshy with obvious alcohol but the palate weight to match. Serious food style."
90 POINTS, winerater.co.nz

"The core of the bouquet is complexity then fruit, spice then mineral. On the palate - tense, warm, fruity and spicy. Flavours of apples and pears, lots of white pepper and lees autolysis. Plenty of weight and youthful acidity carries the flavours through to a lengthy finish."
93 POINTS - Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, March 2021 issue

TASTING NOTES

Pear, baked apple, ginger-bread and floral citrus aromas. Warm and soft on entry with concentration and creamy volume filling the entire palate. Flavours include stone-fruits, persimmon and pear. Lingering and spicy finish.

Specific parcels of Estate Grown fruit were harvested, crushed then left on skins for 6 hours to increase mouthfeel and flavour concentration. After pressing 84% of the juice was fermented in tank at various temperatures, and with various yeast, to capture varietal character and maintain freshness. The balance was fermented in old French oak to increase the body and complexity of the wine.

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

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, give way to a spicy lingering finish.

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.

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

SILVER MEDAL - New Zealand Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2018
SILVER MEDAL - New Zealand Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2019
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

"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

TASTING NOTES

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

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.

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

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

"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