Babich – New Releases Show Range Diversity

One of New Zealand's most consistent and venerable wine producers, Babich regularly releases a diverse and broad range of wines that offers something for everyone. The styles made by the Babich team led in the winemaking department by Adam Hazeldine range from the value oriented ‘Rongopai' and Babich ‘Lone Tree' tiers through the ‘Black Label' on-premise labels to the ‘Irongate' single vineyard and terroir-expressive wines and much more. The number of varieties and styles encompassed is near mind-boggling, from Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in Marlborough to Gewurztraminer and Bordeaux-blends from the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke's Bay. All of this requires a strong sense of direction, provided by general manager David Babich and his father Peter and uncle and Joe Babich, who have driven the operation, now nearing 100 years of operation. Recently, Babich sold their 50% stake in the Rapaura Vintners winemaking facility in Marlborough to Matua Valley (Treasury Wine Estates) with whom they shared it with, to build their own winery in the region, thus allowing full and independent control of the winemaking process. This is a further step in the self-determining philosophy of the company that has made it one of the strongest in the country. I review a selection of new releases that show the Babich diversity and strength. www.babichwines.co.nz


  • Rongopai Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
  • Babich Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

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