Babich ‘Black Label’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 01-Apr-2018
Brilliant, even, light straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and elegant in proportion with a fine core of white and yellow stonefruits along with lifted exotic floral elements, hints of rose-petals and spice, and herb and honeysuckle detail. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a concentrated heart with rich fruit flavours of white and yellow stonefruits, melded with soft exotic floral notes and honeysuckle. The palate has good weight, depth and presence, and is enlivened by fresh, cutting acidity, the wine flowing smoothly along a soft, rounded line with a suggestion of unctuousness, leading to a light, floral finish. This is an elegantly concentrated dry Pinot Gris with rich stonefruit, floral and honied flavours on a fresh, smooth-flowing palate. Match with Asian cuisine over the next 2+ years. Marlborough fruit, 70% from the ‘Echelon’. 20% ‘Cowslip Valley’ and 10% ‘Headwaters’ sites, fermented in stainless-steel with 17% in seasoned oak by indigenous yeasts to 13.33% alc. and 3.3 g/L RS, the barrel portion undergoing batonnage and the tank portion aged 5 months on lees. 17.0+/20 Apr 2018 RRP On-premise only

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