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Babich Marlborough Pinot Noir

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We believe a Pinot Noir should be varietal, delicate, and full of perfumed intrigue. You can tick all those boxes with the Marlborough Pinot from Babich, as it delivers all we require and so much more. We love the earthy nose and red fruit signature of cherries and raspberries and the way it delivers all it promises on the palate. There’s earth, dried cherry, vanilla and then the softest of tannins that caress the sides of the mouth into sensuous submission.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine is a blend of various parcels of fruit from the extensive Babich vineyards in Marlborough. Fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness and fermented in open vats. After an extended period of maceration the various batches were drained off skins and put into new and old oak barriques. After several months the wines were assessed and blended.


Nose: Notes of thyme and cherry spice with red fruits and a hint of vanilla.

Palate: Supple and well fruited, tasty cherry along with savoury leather and spice and sweet tarry notes. Fine tannins.

Food: It goes well with a stir-fry of cubed lamb and eggplant, also makes a good partner for a steak and mushroom pie.

Cellaring: Up to 5 years.

Alcohol: 13.0%

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Babich Marlborough Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A floral style with violets and dried yellow flowers, some hay bale and brambly mixed red fruits. The palate s all strawberry fruit flavours with fine, easy tannin grain and a juicy, gentle finish.
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Good Wine Guide
89
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Light-bodied style, berryish, spicy and slightly leafy, with some complexity, elegance and length. Good value at $19.95.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
The 2009 vintage is a light-bodied style, berryish, spicy and slightly leafy, with some complexity and length.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Starts out shy, but with some air this offers bright red-cherry fruit, some oak - it's all here in the mix. The palate is light and easy; acid saves the day through the finish, brightening and adding lustre. Decent value here.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
This wine shows Pinot Noir characters in a fresh, medium-bodied style, enjoyable young. The 2008 vintage is light ruby, with gentle plum and cherry flavours, offering smooth, easy drinking.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Plenty of oak wedged into the nose of this Marlborough pinot, some sweet anise and liquorice spices, orange zest, ripe and juicy. The palate has bright primary appeal, and fine integrated tannins carry cherry flavours deep - some creamy oak through the finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
89
Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Babich's first South Island red, from the 1997 vintage was made from fruit off young Wairau Valley vines (all the highly regarded Pommard clone) and matured in French oak casks (50 per cent new). Ruby-hued, with a bouquet of raspberries and spice, it's a weighty, supple wine with good mouthfeel. The flavours are ripe, full, fairly complex and persistent. Open now onwards.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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