Babich ‘’Family Estates’ 2016 White and 2015 Pinot Noir Releases

13-Apr-2017
While the majority of wine consumers know Babich for their very good value and ubiquitous ‘Classics’ range, to the keen wine lover, Babich is best known for their ‘Irongate’ single vineyard Chardonnay and Bordeaux-varietal red, or super-premium ‘The Patriarch’ Red. However the tier of wines that is arguably the most exciting are the Babich ‘Family Estate’ wines. Besides the Auckland winery vineyard in Henderson, Babich own around 80 ha of vineyard in Hawke’s Bay and approx. 340 ha of vines in Marlborough, each region with a number of vineyards. From these vineyards, the Babich team have created the ‘Family Estates’ brand which highlights several of these vineyards and produced interesting, individual and unique wines from them. In many ways, the ‘Family Estates’ range allows a degree of innovation for the viticulturists and winemakers to make wines that point to possible futures for the Babich company, and the New Zealand industry in general. The ‘Family Estates’ wines presently come from the ‘Fernhill’ and ‘Gimblett Gravels’ vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, and from the ‘Headwaters’ (Wairau Valley), ‘Cowslip Valley’ (Waihopai Valley) and Wakefield Downs’ (Awatere Valley) vineyards in Marlborough. The ‘Headwaters’ vineyard is notable for being BioGro certified organic. Here, I review a selection of the latest ‘Family Estates’ releases. www.babichwines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Headwaters’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Headwaters’ Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2016
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Headwaters’ Marlborough Albarino 2016
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Headwaters‘ Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Headwaters’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Cowslip Valley’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Cowslip Valley’ Marlborough Riesling 2016
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Cowslip Valley’ Marlborough Noble Riesling 2016
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Wakefield Downs’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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