Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 04-Jan-2016
Estate fruit from the Waihopai Valley, fully oak-fermented, approx. 15% being new to 13.0% alc., the wine given batonnage with around 40% undergoing MLF. Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour with light lemon-green hues, pale edged. The nose is slender in proportion with well-concentrated aromas of green stonefruits, greengages and nectarines, tightly bound with grassy and tropical fruit notes, along with subtle nutty oak and flinty lees suggestions. This is taut and promises to blossom with some time in bottle. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is well packed and softly concentrated with lively and luscious flavours of spicy green stonefruits, cut grass and lantana, detailed with very subtle and integrated lees and oak inputs. The mouthfeel balances a smooth, near creamy barrel-ferment textures with lively acidity. This has a positive core and line, with the flavours receding as the wine leads to a fine, smooth-textured, lingering finish. This is a finely concentrated, luscious and subtly complex oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc still to unfold. Match with herb-marinated seafood and poultry dishes over the next 3 years. 17.5+/20 Dec 2015 RRP $30.00

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