Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Releases and 2016 ‘Irongate’ Chardonnay


The Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ wines are the playground for the Adam Hazeldine and his team of winemakers to trial new and different techniques to the more conventionally made wines in the other ranges. Previous ‘Winemaker’s Reserve’ wines have shown more subtle characters from somewhat restrained winemaking, but I’ve detected an increase in the complexities and greater style divergence of late. This is not to say the wines are far more ‘funky’, as the Babich winemaking creed is to respect the fruit and also the consumer, so these wines are handled with care. Here, I review the ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Pinot Noir, 2017 Syrah and 2015 Merlot.

The ‘Irongate’ label was introduced over 30 years ago, the Chardonnay first made in 1985 and the Cabernet/Merlot blend in 1987. These were among the very the first of the single vineyard Gimblett Gravels wines, and they have been made continuously since. The wines are specialist bottlings for Babich, and many regard them as the ‘flagships’, and indeed they have the breeding at track record. Both the white and red perform exceptionally well, though for me, the Chardonnay has a special place. Here, I review the latest 2016 ‘Irongate’ Chardonnay. It is a youthfully taut and elegant wine. www.babichwines.com


  • Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ ‘Cowslip Valley Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
  • Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Bridge Pa Triangle Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017
  • Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ ‘Gimblett Road Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015
  • Babich ‘Irongate’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

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