Babich Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- Certified Organic
- Vegan Suitable
RegionMarlborough, New Zealand
Cellaring: Enjoyable on release will benefit from moderate ageing.
Family Estates Headwaters Organic
Babich developed the first vineyard to achieve sustainable registration in New Zealand. With our ongoing commitment to protect the environment through only implementing sustainable practices in all our vineyards, it was a logical progression to move to the next step and investigate the benefits of an organic approach to viticulture. Our Headwaters Vineyard is farmed in compliance with organic standards.
Our Headwaters organic block is fully certified and is farmed in compliance with organic standards. First made in 2009, this crisp dry Sauvignon Blanc is produced from grapes grown on the organic block in Marlborough and vinified in compliance with organic standards.
Marlborough - Wairau Valley
Try with BBQ’d prosciutto wrapped scallops drizzled with mandarin infuse olive oil.
Enjoyable on release will benefit from moderate ageing.
Fruit from our certified organic block Headwaters Vineyard were harvested in April. The grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled temperatures with combination selected and indigenous yeast to capture the intense varietal flavours. Strict organic procedures were followed at all times.
Residual Sugar: 1.6g/l
Pretty nose combines floral notes with lime, lemon and orange. Citrus notes persist on the palate with a good dollop of slate/mineral. Juicy green fruits and spice linger on the crisp finish.
Current Vintage Awards & Reviews
SILVER MEDAL - New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2016
4 STARS - Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s 2017 Buyers Guide
Previous Vintages Awards & Reviews
GOLD MEDAL - TheFiftyBest.com, May 2016
GOLD MEDAL - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016
SILVER MEDAL - New York Wine & Spirits Competition 2015
SILVER MEDAL - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
4 STARS, 18/20 POINTS -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2016
SILVER MEDAL - Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2016
Wine Writer Reviews
"An intriguing bouquet with stony mineral and light spice moments and soft lemon, apple and mild tropical fruit aromas; a wild honey and honeysuckle layer; a bouquet with complexity and charm. On the palate – dry and crisp with lots of citrus flavours showing first – grape fruit and lemon then green apple and mild tropical fruit flavours; plenty of acidity, medium weight and medium+ length; a lovely example."
-Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, NZ Liquor News, Sept 2015 issue
"Bright, very pale straw colour with green hues, pale on rim. The nose is restrained with softly fresh aromas of gooseberries and sweet peas, along with fresh herbs, lantana and tropical fruit notes, unveiling a fine, tight core with penetrating nuances of chalky minerals. Dry to taste and elegant in presentation, the palate features a tight core with restrained and subtle fruit flavours of gooseberries, sweet peas, fresh herbs and white stone-fruits, entwined with mineral notes. The palate has a firm and lively core with refreshing acidity and lifted floral elements unfolding as it flows along a fine, soft-textured phenolic line. The wine is balanced and the componentry integrated, and the lacy acidity leads to a long finish of gooseberries, sweet peas and minerals. This is an elegant, tightly bound Sauvignon Blanc with restrained fruit flavours, balanced componentry and a fine phenolic line."
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2016
"The 2015 Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc opens with pronounced lemon juice and green apple notes with underlying white pepper, dill and lime blossom nuances. Light to medium-bodies, it fills the palate with youthful, vivacious citrus and herb flavors, finishing with the lively lift."
-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, www.erobertparker.com, #224, Apr 2016
|Region||Marlborough, New Zealand|