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Babich Pinot Noir 2017

Babich Pinot Noir2016

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Earthy dark fruits and spicy strawberries with a touch of cedar. Flavours of raspberry and cherry lead the palate into some dark tarry notes with a hint of vanilla.

Why we love it: 

Best value Pinot!

Drink with: 

Steak and mushroom pie.

Tech

Sub-Region
Marlborough
Blend Info.
100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol by Vol.
13%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
Now - 2022
Serving Temp.
12 - 17°
Closure
Screw cap

Producer

Babich

100 years and 100 stories is the legacy started by Josip Babich in 1916 when he first launched ‘Babich’ under the name ‘Babich Brothers Wines’ at just 20 years old. Flash forward to the 21st century and we have one of New Zealand’s most experienced family-owned wine producers. ‘Babich’ has been a household name and currently in its third generation of winemaking, boasting 11 vineyards all across New Zealand’s finest wine regions.

‘Babich’ has always maintained a philosophy of not wanting to compromise on the quality they can deliver to their customers. They are guided by a core value system to constantly delivering the highest of standards. Their vineyards can be found in Auckland, Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough. Babich seek out the ideal sites in these regions, and plant the grapes they know will thrive there to ensure that you get the best possible outcome. What sweethearts eh?

Today, Babich boasts one of the most impressive Portfolios in New Zealand with over 15 varietals over 8 different labels. These span from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir all the way to the more rare Albariño, Gruner Veltliner and Viogniers. 

Babich is all about respect, honour and making decisions that would positively impact the environment they grow their wines in. The culture of ‘Babich’ is one of making the best wines, not compromising on standards and always practising with the best intentions in mind. These were established by the founder over 100 years ago, and we think will be upheld for the next 100 years to come too.

For more information on Babich and their wines, you can visit their website here.

Region

Marlborough

Marlborough is New Zealand's largest and most famed wine region. Early successes with the Sauvignon Blanc varietal rang far and wide, landing NZ on the international wine map. With vintners interest in varied terroir and varieties escalating the recognition of the region globally adding fuel to the fire. Soon enough winemakers took to the cooler sub-regions of Southern Valley’s and Awatere. Back in the 1980s as an understanding of the regions potential slowly unfurled, farmers and foresters alike made the switch to viticulture and the industry blossomed.

Resting to the east at the tip of the South Island, Marlboroughs enjoys long drawn out daylight hours, coupled with a clear, cool atmosphere at night. This union results in a long, leisurely ripening period, greatly contributing to the grapes intensified flavours while the chill of the night retains the acidity levels.

Consisting of the three sub-regions; Wairau Valley, Awatere Valley and the Southern Valley’s. Marlborough has a diversified range of terroirs, allowing for impressive variation in style, minerality, and flavour. As the name suggests, the Southern Valleys sit south of the Wairau Valleys and houses the Omaka, Fairhall, Brancott, Ben Morven and Waihopai valleys - Marlborough's original sites. The southern location of these valleys and the soils relatively heavier clay content is a key factor in the regions ability to produce such a diverse range of wines.

Enjoying the slightly warmer north of the region, the Wairau Valleys sit more inland and benefit from the Wairau River running through, decreasing the need and frequency of irrigation. With each of the sites here having varying soil profiles consisting of alluvial gravel, wind borne loess and greywacke. Each vineyard will produce a unique wine, with flavour inherited from its unique soil composition. Although it must be noted, no matter how far a style strays, the rich fruit intensity that’s a hallmark of the region can always be found.

Close to the Coast lies Awatere, arguably Marlborough's most distinctive sub-region. The windier and cool location means the vines have a lower yield, meaning the wines produced have an incredibly distinctive character as each abstraction and variation isn’t diluted. The Herbaceous and flinty minerality truly reflect the sub-regions unique Terroir, while the good aromatics one can find stem from a decrease in the vigour of the vines.

As New Zealand’s largest wine region, housing around 77% of the countries vines and producing over 75% of the Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough has an upward trajectory and an exciting future.