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Babich Marlborough Pinot Gris

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The Pinot Gris coming out of New Zealand is just getting better and better and this one from Babich made us do a double take. We wonder how long before it will overtake the popularity of Sauvignon Blanc? We love the nose of honey and glazed pear with notes of citrus, extending to the palate with some lovely honeysuckle aromatics. A textural mouthfeel and complexing ginger spice round out the finish. You’ll quickly realise that one glass of this is never enough.

Winemaker's Notes

From several vineyards positioned throughout Marlborough comes this rich, full bodied Pinot Gris which is partially barrel fermented. It has stone-fruit and spice flavours with a soft finish – medium dry in style.

The sweet, lifted aroma of proving bread appeals on the nose along with pleasant notes of white stone fruit, with spice and citrus adding to this sensory delight. Sweet Danish pastry and spicy pear tart emerge out of the succulent and sweetly fruited palate. Generous mineral flavours compliment the rich and full weight. Ginger and lemon zest add a pleasing zing to the finish.

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Babich Marlborough Pinot Gris

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Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
Forward, expressive aromas of citrus, stone fruits and poached pears, with underlying lemon curd, nougat and marzipan. Rich and textured on the palate, with good drive, cleansing acidity and a flourish of poached pears on the finish.
Good Wine Guide
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This delivers plenty for the money: a solid ripe peach and pear style, some gentle vanilla and honeysuckle too. The palate's soft, supple and creamy - more up-front and simple, with nice balance. Ready to drink.
The Good Wine Guide
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Weighty, fleshy and creamy textured, with ripe, stone-fruit flavours and a dryish, lingering finish.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
Grown at Rapaura, on the north side of the Wairau Valley, and in the Waihopai Valley, the 2008 vintage was 15 per cent fermented and lees-aged in old French oak casks; the rest was handled in tanks. It's an attractively scented wine, full-bodied, with very good depth of ripe stone-fruit and spice flavours, finely balanced acidity and a dry finish.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Grown in the Pigou vineyard, on the Rapaura (north) side of the Wairau Valley, the 2002 vintage was mostly handled in tanks, but 20 per cent of the blend was fermented in seasoned French oak casks. It's a fresh, smooth, slightly off-dry wine with good body and depth of ripe, peachy, lemony flavour and slightly leesy, nutty characters adding richness.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the bouquet is fresh and delicate, but not with over-much varietal character or intensity. The palate is quite well balanced, soft but not flabby, with stone fruit flavours, and a hint of spice. Does finish somewhat short.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; a crisp, stony, faintly spicy bouquet with what appears to be some sulphur dioxide holding back the fruit. The flavour picks up noticeably on the back palate and finish, as does that inimitable, slightly velvety, texture of Pinot Gris.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
This is one of the (arguably the) best value Pinot Gris on the market. The 1997 vintage was an auspicious debut, with fullness of body and good depth of appley, slightly earthy and spicy flavour. The sturdy, partly barrel-fermented 1998 was grown in the Pigou vineyard in the Rapaura district. Ripely aromatic, it's a big, fruity, powerful wine with an attractive oily texture and good concentration. Perfumed and full-flavoured, it's a strongly varietal wine, sharply priced.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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