Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ 2016 Sauvignon, 2015 Pinot Noir and Syrah, and 2014 Merlot

Many serious wine producers have a winemaker’s ‘play label’ where they allow their production team a degree of free rein to explore innovative viticulture, winemaking technique and wine style. In many cases, the lessons learnt make their way into the making of the mainstream wines, lifting their interest, sophistication and quality. For the consumer, tiers such as Babich Wines’ ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ offer a difference in style that can be appreciated and enjoyed. In some ways, the Babich ‘Family Estate’ wines offer this (click here to see my reviews of some of the latest 2016 and 2015 Marlborough releases of these), but the ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ wines for Babich have been more focussed in their fruit sources and the winemaking treatment. In the Babich style of drinkability, they are never pushed too far, but they do offer significant shifts from the regular releases. Here, I review the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Pinot Noir, these two from Marlborough fruit, and the 2015 Syrah and 2014 Merlot, these latter two from Hawke’s Bay.


  • Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
  • Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015
  • Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

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