Babich 2015 Family Estates and Black Label, and 2014 Winemakers Reserve Releases

Making wine for 100 years, the Babich family have their well-defined tiers, each representing attributes such as value in the ‘Classics’, and prestige and single vineyard character in the super-premium ‘Irongate’ range. However, it is the wines in the ‘middle’ ranges that may offer the most excitement and innovation. The ‘Family Estates’ wines are individual bottling from company owned sites which incorporate innovative styles and varieties, as well as viticultural regimes such as organics. The ‘Black Label wines ae designed for the on-premise market a as such have greater fruit interest and maybe accessibility. The ‘Winemakers Reserve’ wines are where the winemakers are given more rein to work on alternative and more sophisticated styles. To date the ‘Winemakers Reserve’ programme has been somewhat conservative, as befits the Babich style, but expect interesting wines to emerge from these brands. Here, I review some new releases under these labels.


  • Babich Family Estates ‘Individual Vineyard – Cowslip Valley’ Marlborough Riesling 2015
  • Babich Family Estates ‘Individual Vineyard – Headwaters Organic’ Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2015
  • Babich Family Estates ‘Individual Vineyard – Headwaters Organic’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2015
  • Babich ‘Black Label’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
  • Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
  • Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay ‘Gimblett Road Vineyard’ Merlot 2015

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