Babich 2014 and 2013 Releases

02-Sep-2014
The Babich Wines story is a remarkable one that stretches back to the beginnings of the New Zealand wine industry. Established in 1916, the family and company’s centenary is fast looming, and the continued progress is an indicator of its strength. Earlier in March this year, in my review of new Babich Wines releases, I reported on the company’s growth and consolidation in the Marlborough region, with vineyards totalling 250 ha and the processing of the first vintage through the new winery located in the Cloudy Bay Business Park (click here to read my report and reviews). The Babich administration and winery in Henderson, Auckland remains the headquarters, handling the North Island production.

Adam Hazeldine is the Babich family’s ‘Senior Winemaker’, co-ordinating the work with Craig Hoskin who has now become the ‘Auckland Winemaker’, and Jens Merkel who is the ‘Marlborough Winemaker’. Although there was much work to have the winery set up, Adam tells "the vintage through the new winery went extremely well”. Part of this was achieved by the long-standing work of Babich’s Marlborough viticulturist John Sowman who has nearly decades of tending the company’s fruit, and James Graham who has a close role working with Adam and Jens, "bridging the gap between vineyard and winery”. Here, I review a selection of wines including some 2014 whites that are the produce of the new winery, along with new Hawke’s Bay releases of 2013 ‘Irongate’ Chardonnay and red, and the 2012 ‘The Patriarch’ red. www.babichwines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Babich Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Headwaters Organic Block’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Headwaters Organic Block’ Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2014
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Cowslip Valley’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Cowslip Valley’ Marlborough Riesling 2013
  • Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Individual Vineyard – Fernhill’ Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2013
  • Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ ‘Gimblett Road Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
  • Babich ‘Irongate’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Babich ‘Irongate’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot/Franc 2013
  • Babich ‘The Patriarch’ Hawke’s Bay 2012

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