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Babich Winemakers Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

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Cracka Review

Babich seems to have been around since forever turning out savvy blanc that has adorned many a dinner table. Hailing from the Waihopai and Awatere valleys in Marlborough, tropical passionfruits, gooseberries, stone fruits, citrus and chopped herbs decorate the nose. Meanwhile, the palate is lighter-bodied, fruity and rounded from a touch a oak, with the nearest kiss of sweetness upfront before the citrus flavours and acidity kick in leading to a dry, crisp finish. Lovely stuff that deserves it's reserve status.

Winemaker's Notes

The aroma of our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is an intriguing and pungent melody of red bell pepper, green gauge plum and wild herbs. The palate has a sweet-fruited entry, with layers of guava, tropical fruits and a hint of lime unfolding onto the generous mid palate. This is a finely textured and elegantly structured wine with a crisp, persistent and flavourful finish.

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Babich Winemakers Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

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Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Delivered as a flinty grapefruit and gooseberry style, this has some mouth-watering appeal. The palate delivers on the promise, with smooth texture and flinty citrus and gooseberry flavour that travels long and even. Delicious, fresh finish.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
A top example of gently wooded Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with ripely herbaceous flavours and - at its best - lovely poise and intensity. Grown in the Waihopai and Awatere valleys, it is mostly handled in tanks, but 10 per cent of the blend is fermented and lees-aged in old French oak barriques. The 2004 vintage is fresh, crisp and lively, with an array of melon, apple and lime flavours, but less intense than the highly expressive 2003
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
A top example of gently wooded Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with ripely herbaceous flavours and - at its best - lovely poise and intensity. Grown in the Waihopai and Awatere valleys, it is mostly handled in tanks, but 10 per cent of the blend is fermented and lees-aged in old French oak barriques. The 2004 vintage is fresh, crisp and lively, with an array of melon, apple and lime flavours, but less intense than the highly expressive 2003
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
A top example of gently wooded Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Grown in the Wairau and Awatere valleys and 13 per cent barrel-fermented, the 2001 is a memorable mouthful. It's a distinctive and classy wine, full, vibrant and rich, with concentrated fruit, a subtle overlay of oak, lovely poise and intensity and a long, zingy finish. Tasted very soon after bottling (and so not rated), the 2002 vintage showed the touch of complexity typical of the label in a generous, weighty style, ripe, rich and rounded.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
A top example of gently wooded Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Grown in the Wairau and Awatere valleys and 13 per cent barrel-fermented, the 2001 is a memorable mouthful. It's a distinctive and classy wine, full, vibrant and rich, with concentrated fruit, a subtle overlay of oak, lovely poise and intensity and a long, zingy finish. Tasted very soon after bottling (and so not rated), the 2002 vintage showed the touch of complexity typical of the label in a generous, weighty style, ripe, rich and rounded.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the bouquet is firm and clean, although not particularly aromatic; a hint of the oak does come through. However, on the palate the clever use of barrel-fermentation adds a delicate touch of spice to a wine which shows sophisticated winemaking from start to finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
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