One of the true great producers in New Zealand right now, Babich Vineyards is on a particular winning streak at the moment in Marlborough.
The winery has come a very long way in its over 100 year existence. Back in 1912 when Josip Babich started this venture, he was considered out of his mind crazy. But he was very patient and very determined and through immense research, trial and error and relentless efforts, he began seeing the true fruits of his labor nearly 10 years after he first began.
With with more than 100 years of experience behind them, Babich has become a true leader in NZ. Their 2022 Sauv Blanc releases are insane. The white label, the more popular of the two was treated to big scores, but pails in comparison to the special ‘restaurant only’ Black Label that saw its way to #21 on Wine Spectator 2023 Top 100 Wines of the Year list. What a feat for this great winery!
93 Points, Wine Spectator
Intense and generous, with mango, orange sherbet and apricot flavors, along with notes of sweetgrass and lemon blossoms on a fleshy, juicy frame. Reveals notes of fresh ginger and a hint of jasmine on the finish.
93 Points, Decanter
Beautifully layered floral and fresh fruit aromatics with a poised, elegant texture, a soft, mineral core and a fine acidity.
92 Points (Best Buy), Wine Enthusiast
Waxy lime, grapefruit, grass and crisp green bell pepper open this balanced, food friendly Sauvignon. It even feels a little floral. On the palate, a citrusy zing lends brightness to the waxy textural richness. There’s a long, limey finish. Easy to sip both on its own or with a meal.
#85 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2023
92 Pts, James Suckling – 90 Pts, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 90 Pts, Wine Spectator
“The 2022 Sauvignon Blanc is unoaked and dry and comes in at 13.1% alcohol. Like the other 2022s in this report, this has a crisp and wonderfully fresh feel. It is tightly wound and not quite as vegetal as some but always leaning to freshness. There is plenty of zing and zest on the finish and it makes this work. For all that freshness and elegance, it has reasonably good concentration and feels substantial in its youth (in bottle only about 60 days when tasted). This is a beauty in its style and on its own terms. It’s another success. “
If you’re new to Sancerre Rose, then you’re in luck– this is easily one of the best ones made. Domonique Roger’s Sancerre Rose has everything you want: it’s bone dry with fleshy stone fruits flavors, mandarin orange and a hint of zest. The fruit is so pure and clean and there’s so much going on. This is a serious wine and arguably the very best pink wine that anyone makes. Do not miss it.
91 Points, Tasting Panel – 90 Points, Wine Spectator – 90 Points, Wine & Spirits
“This Sauvignon Blanc offers satisfyingly deep, persistent, keenly defined flavors and refreshingly bright acidity. The aromas are lifted and true to the variety without being overly pungent, and the finish effectively integrates melon and citrus notes.”
Every year, this wine has proven to be a Nicholas Wines staple. The newly released 2022 Frenzy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is a fabulous value white wine, loaded with green apples, pears and white peaches plus a hint of spice. It’s juicy and fresh, the perfect cocktail hour white. It’s what is referred to as the perfect ‘pool wine’. It’s great paired with just about anything or just enjoyed on its own.