Babich Headwaters Organic Albarino 2019

  • Certified Organic
  • Winery
  • Region
    Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Grapes
    Albarino

Aromas of lime and orange blossom with rock melon and honeysuckle. Lots of spice. Sweet fruited entry which continues though the palate. Layered citrus, orange, lime and lemon with a touch if pineapple and gingerbread. Complexity builds with fresh herbs and almond-mealy notes. Very juicy finish.

Try with fish and seafood of all kinds. Spicy dishes also can work well.

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Babich Family Estates Headwaters Organic Albarino 2019 tasting notes

Babich Family Estates Headwaters Albariño was first harvested in 2015 from our certified organic Headwaters Vineyard in Marlborough. This aromatic wine is pale, off dry, with a refreshing acidity.

Production Notes:

This is the 5th harvest of Albariño from our certified organic Headwaters Vineyard. It spent 12hrs soaking on skins prior to pressing. The juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled cool temperatures to capture the intense flavours and aromatic purity of the variety. Fermentation was halted just prior to dryness.

Technical Notes:

Alcohol: 13.5%
TA: 5.5g/L
pH: 3.47
Residual Sugar: 3.7g/L

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of lime and orange blossom with rock melon and honeysuckle. Lots of spice. Sweet fruited entry which continues though the palate. Layered citrus, orange, lime and lemon with a touch if pineapple and gingerbread. Complexity builds with fresh herbs and almond-mealy notes. Very juicy finish.

Recommended Food:

Fish and seafood of all kinds. Spicy dishes also can work well.

Recommended Cellaring: 1-4 year

TECHNICAL

Alcohol: 13.6%

Fermentation: Inoculated and fermented between 12-18C

Fermentation Vessel: Stainless Steel vats

Filtration: Yes

Fining: Yeast hulls

Grape: Albariño

Harvest Analysis: 24 Brix; pH 3.40; TA 8.0g/L

Harvest Dates: 31st March 2019

Harvest Method: Machine

Malolactic: No

Maturation: 7 months on lees

pH: 3.47

Processing: 12hrs skin soak prior to pressing

Residual Sugar: 3.7g/L

TA: 5.5g/L

Vineyard: Headwaters Vineyard - Wairau Valley

Year: 2019

(SKU: BA_ALB_19)

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Vintage 2019
Region Marlborough, New Zealand
Grapes Albarino
Alcohol % 13.5
Certified Organic Yes
Wine Type White
Vegetarian Suitable Yes
Packaging Glass Bottle
Fining Agents Used Organic Skim Milk
Volume 750mL
Sugar Level Dry
Residual Sugar g/L 3.7

“The vibrant, youthful 2017 vintage (4*) was estate-grown in the Headwaters Vineyard, near Renwick, in the Wairau Valley, tank-fermented and lees-aged for five months. Medium to full-bodied, it is invitingly scented, with strong, citrusy, slightly appley flavours, woven with mouth-watering acidity, a slightly minerally streak and a long, dryish (8 grams/litre residual sugar) finish. Certified organic.”
4 STARS
– Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines Buyer’s Guide, www.michaelcooper.co.nz , May 2018

“Varietal with white and yellow peach, red apple and lemon; a light saline layer and some wet stone mineral notes. Weighty, fruity and spicy with a white peach to citrus transition on the palate, some juicy fruit gum flavours and a floral note. Just dry, fleshy texture and balanced. A lovely example sure to please many who try.”
93 POINTS
– Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, Aug 2018 issue

“Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the rim.  The nose is fresh and tightly bound, quite elegant in expression with delicately penetrating aromas of pure white florals along with subtle notes of citrus fruit, white stonefruits and minerals.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has taut, but intense flavours of white stonefruits, white florals, and citrus fruit.  The palate is brisk and racy with zesty acidity, with the wine showing excellent energy and drive.  This flows along a very fine-textured line, carrying to a slim, but intense and sustained finish.  This is an elegant, but intensely flavoured dry Albarino with stonefruit, floral and citrus fruit flavours on a zesty palate with drive and linearity.”
4 STARS
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Apr 2018

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