Producer: Babich Estate
Babich Wines is a historic wine estate based in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland. It was established in 1916 by Josip Babich, who had immigrated to New Zealand from Dalmatia (modern-day Croatia). Today, Babich owns vineyards in many of New Zealand's key wine regions, including Marlborough and Hawke's Bay, and makes a wide range of wines from grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. After Josip Babich planted his first vines (which were Pinot Meunier), he began to acquire adjoining blocks, expanding the estate considerably. In the 1970s, the company began purchasing grapes from Gisborne and, in the 1980s, made its first wine from the Gimblett Gravels region in Hawke's Bay. In 1987 it bought its first property in the region. Since then, Babich has purchased vineyards and built a winery in Marlborough, where most of its operations take place. There are six key ranges at Babich Wines: Black Label, Family Estates, Winemakers' Reserve, Irongate, the Patriarch and the entry-level, self-titled range. The Patriarch, introduced in 1996, is the flagship wine and is named in honor of Josip Babich. It is made from grapes in the Irongate Vineyard in Hawke's Bay, and is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with proportions differing depending on the year. A Chardonnay and another Bordeaux blend are also made from the Irongate Vineyard, and the rest of the ranges are sourced from around New Zealand.
Tasting Notes: Fruit from our certified organic Headwaters Vineyard was harvested in early April. The grapes were quickly pressed and fermented at controlled temperatures with a combination of selected and indigenous yeasts to capture the intense varietal flavours and build complexity. Malolactic fermentation softened and added texture to the palate. Strict organic procedures were followed at all times.
Sweet lime, slate and gooseberry notes and a light spice aroma. Lemon and apple flavours supported by mineral and spice notes. Good depth, texture and length. Fleshy with great drive.
Country: New Zealand
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol percentage: 13.0%