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Babich ‘Forbidden Vines’ 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir Rosé

02 April,2018

Babich Wines launched the ‘Forbidden Vines’ label late last year. Though operating with over a century of tradition behind them, the Babich family are very forward thinking, moving into new market segments, albeit thoughtfully. The ‘Forbidden Vines’ range was "created for a predominantly female audience with distinctive WOW factor. It was also designed to make inroads into other channels of marketing and distribution without taking anything away from the Babich ‘Classic’ wine tier. To that purpose, the wines have strong ‘disruptive’ packaging and are priced at competitively. Here, I review the first two releases, both from the 2017 vintage, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir Rosé. www.babichwines.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Babich ‘Forbidden Vines’ ‘Queen of Hearts’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

15.5/20

Bright, light straw-yellow colour, a little paler on the rim. The nose is fresh and thirst-quenching with up-front aromas of passionfruit and gooseberries, along with soft notes of fresh herbs and a little cut-grass, unfolding chalky mineral notes. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has soft and light flavours of passionfruit and gooseberries, herbs and nettles with an overlay of chalkiness, The fruit forms a light, tight core showing green capsicum notes, and the mouthfeel possesses light phenolic textures with balanced acidity. As the wine flows, the flavours recede, and the finish is light and nuanced. This is a light, dry Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, gooseberries, herbs and cut grass flavours along with a soft, dry, textured mouthfeel. Serve as an aperitif and with salads and vegetables over the next 18 months to 2 years. Marlborough fruit, predominantly MS clone, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 5.5 g/L RS. 15.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $14.95

Babich ‘Forbidden Vines’ ‘Weeping Rose’ Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

15.5+/20

Bright candy-floss pink with slight peach hues, a little lighter on the rim with hints of purple hues. The nose is soft and moderately deep and concentrated with aromas of savoury strawberries and quince, with watermelon and red florals. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has light and soft flavours of savoury strawberries, quince, with light watermelon notes, and red florals. The flavours are up-front and straightforward, and enlivened by fresh acidity. A light, phenolic-threaded line carries the wine to a soft, mouthwatering, dry finish. This is a light, soft dry rosê with savoury strawberry, quince, watermelon and floral flavours on a fresh, thirst-quenching palate. Clones 10/5, 115, 667 and 777 from ‘Park Farm’, Wairau Valley, given 3 hours on skins and fermented to 12.5% alc. and 5 g/L RS. 15.5+/20 Apr 2018 RRP $14.95

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