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BABICH BLACK LABEL MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2006

 

Overview:

A wine first produced in 2005 that is exclusive to restaurants and bars. 2006 was a fantastic year for Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough. The grapes were in excellent condition, pungent and flavourful. The Black Label Sauvignon has been developed to complement food – we have blended a wine which, while displaying the pungent and crisp characteristics that set Marlborough sourced fruit apart, shows greater depth and complexity on the palate.

Grapes: 
100% Sauvignon Blanc

Region:
Marlborough

Winemaker: 
 
Adam Hazeldine

Recommended Food:
Can be enjoyed with a variety of food. Serve it with veal, seafood (brilliant with oysters) or a chicken dish such as a mild chicken korma with crispy popadoms.

Recommended Cellaring:
0-3 years

Production Notes:
After harvest the grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where most of the juice was fermented at controlled cool temperatures to capture the intense varietal flavours. A small portion of juice was fermented in old oak barriques to contribute to the weight and complexity of the wine. Blending took place in mid July 2006.

Tasting Notes:
The bouquet is a pleasing assault of musk and passionfruit that leads into an intense fruit salad of flavours in the mouth. The sweet fruit combines perfectly with the zesty yet rich and textured palate. Notes of melon and gooseberry join the mid palate and linger on the finish.

Awards:

CLASSIC GOLD
-Wine Styles of Asia Awards, Singapore, October, 2006BEST

WHITE WINE
-Beijing Wine Club, January, 2007

WINE OF THE YEAR 2006
-Beijing Wine Club, January, 2007

SILVER MEDAL
-New Zealand Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007

JUDGES CHOICE
-Value Wine Awards 2007

Reviews:
"Similar to Babich's Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, but styled for restaurants, this speaks of concentrated spicy, tropical characters delivered through a fleshy texture, and crisp acidity."
4 STARS
-New Zealand Magazine, Paul White, September, 2006

"Drink 2006-07. Closed nose opens to a crisp grapefruit and gooseberry palate. Fuller than most, with a lingering finish."
16/20
-Jancis Robinson, New Releases from NZ, November, 2006

"Seen mostly in restaurants, but also available at the cellar door, this deliciously intense wine has passionfruit, melon and lime flavours showing lovely delicacy, purity and zing."
4.5 STARS
-Cuisine Magazine, January, 2007

"Low intensity on nose. Passionfruit, tropical and fruit salad flavours with a broad quite full-bodied palate."
-WineNZ Magazine, Summer, 2007

 “A tiny amount of barrel-fermented fruit (a mere four percent for those of you keeping score at home) enhances the spice character and focuses the fruit on this impressively rich model of Malborough Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely and pure passion fruit and grilled pineapple notes add to the immediate appeal of this beautifully balanced white. Serve with pasta primavera or a simply dressed salad of spinach, beets and goat’s cheese.” 
4 STARS 
-Tim Kerr, Vines Magazine, Canada, May/June, 2007

"A very concentrated and intense Marlborough sauvignon blanc with full body and long flavour.  Good value for lovers of Marlborough sauvignon blanc."
-Joelle Thomson, The Indispensable Wine Guide


 

 
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