Babich 2016 ‘Classic’ and ‘Black Label’ Releases

Babich Wines celebrated 100 years of winemaking last year. In the context of New Zealand wine that is an incredible achievement. The Babich family continue to own and conduct the business as their forebears did, appreciating the needs of the market and offering good quality and value. For Babich Wines, the embodiment of the core values can be seen in the ‘Classic’ range of wines. These are clear-cut varietal expressions that also speak of their regionality. The quantity made of these wines is such that they can be easily purchased from the all the popular market channels such as supermarkets and traditional liquor outlets.

The ‘Black Label’ range of wines was developed in 2005 to service the on-premise market. Their exclusivity to restaurants and cafes means that there is no conflict with off-premise retailers which can discount wines giving an unfavourable impression to on-premise operators. The Babich winemakers have sourced different fruit and made the wines with more immediate detail to give a point of difference. Here, I review a selection of new vintage ‘Classic’ and ‘Black Label’ wines from Babich.


  • Babich Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
  • Babich Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
  • Babich Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
  • Babich Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016
  • Babich ‘Black Label’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Babich ‘Black Label’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
  • Babich ‘Black Label’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

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