Babich ‘Classics’ and ‘Black Label’ 2017 Releases

03-Apr-2018

The Babich family have one of the remarkable stories of the New Zealand wine industry, stretching back over 100 years to 1916. I recently reviewed the book ‘The Next Vintage’ by Michael and Judith Bassett which chronicles the family history and its very significant place in the growth of winemaking in this country (click here to see). One of the mainstay philosophies of the family is to provide quality with value, and this can be seen in the ‘Classics’ range of wines which makes up the largest part of the company’s production. These wines showcase varietal expression and regionality, and always offer good value.

The Babich ‘Black Label’ wines were created in 2005 specifically for the on-premise market, designed to offer the same degree of varietal and regional expression. The range supports the whole Babich portfolio for having wines that are designated only for this segment of the market, thus enduring there is no commercial conflict with other marketing and reselling channels. The wines are indeed different blends to the ‘Classics’, in that the winemakers are lending the wines slightly greater richness and textures that will give the wines a greater ability to work with food. Here, I review a selection of new releases from the ‘Classics’ and ‘Black Label’ ranges, all from the 2017 vintage. www.babichwines.com


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Babich Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2017
  • Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Babich Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017
  • Babich Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
  • Babich Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017
  • Babich ‘Black Label’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Babich ‘Black Label’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017
  • Babich ‘Black Label’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

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