Babich Individual Vineyard Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011



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Winery/Brand: Babich


This is the third vintage from the Headwaters Estate Organic block and the resulting wine goes from strength to strength. The nose displays orange blossom, grapefruit and lemonade with floral notes graced with a touch of minerality. The palate is elegant and complex with lime, again grapefruit and a hint of spice. There is a lush texture to the wine with an unfolding herbal/mineral component, creating both a tight and delicious wine. From our historic bottling of this parcel we see improvement with time, this vintage will be no exception with an exciting future.



The Story

Grapes: 100% Organic Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Winemaker: Adam Hazeldine
Recommended Cellaring: Best enjoyed while young.
Production Notes: Fruit from our certified organic block within the Headwaters Vineyard were harvested on the 5th of April. The grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled cool temperatures to capture the intense varietal flavours. Strict organic procedures were followed at all times. The wine was bottled soon after completing fermentation.
Recommended Food: Great with seafood or fish meals. Try with fresh oysters!
Technical Notes:
Alcohol: 12.5%
TA: 8g/l
pH: 3.12
Residual Sugar: 1.7g/l

“Bright, very pale straw colour with a clear rim, the nose is fresh, vibrant and full of passionfruit, nectarine and lime fruit aromas, complexed by white floral and flinty elements. Dry on palate, the flavours of passionfruit, limes, and gooseberries are lifted by tropical fruit notes and fill the mouth. Soft and very smooth, the acidity is seamless, and the finish delicate and nuanced. Balance and harmony with the array of flavours are the features of this wine. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 2 years. ” 4 STARS Raymond Chan,, October 2011

“ Produced from organically grown grapes and vinified under New Zealand organic principles, the 2011 Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc has moderate to intense aromas of lemon peel, lime juice and straw with suggestions of fresh grass and dill seed. Medium bodied, citrus flavors fill the mouth countered by a crisp acid backbone, finishing long and clean. Drinking now, it should keep fresh through 2013 ” 87 POINTS Lisa Perrotti-Brown, #197, Oct 2011

“ Certified organic, the 2011 vintage is a subtle, dry wine, grown in the Wairau Valley. Still a baby, it is weighty and zingy, with fresh, ripe melon/lime flavours, very delicate and pure. A quietly satisfying wine, it needs time; open mid-2012+. ” Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012

“ Attractively pure Sauvingon Blanc with appealing sweet fruit and flavours suggesting passionfruit/tropical fruit, gooseberry and red capsicum. A gentler, riper style than many from this vintage. Appealing wine that's drinking well now. ” 4 STARS Bob Campbell,, Nov 2011

The Specs

RegionMarlborough, New Zealand
GrapesSauvignon Blanc
PackagingGlass Bottle