Recommended Food: 
Screams out for seafood (think fresh oysters)!  

Recommended Cellaring:
Best enjoyed while young.

Production Notes:
After harvest the grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at a range of temperatures to capture the intense varietal flavours.  After extensive tasting trials by the winemakers, the wine was blended, finished and bottled.

Technical Notes:
Alcohol: 13.0%
TA:  6.8g/l
pH:  3.11
Residual Sugar:  3.5g/l

Tasting Notes:
Tropical fruits and lime with a touch of gun smoke.  The palate is a basket of sun-ripened stone fruits and passionfruit, blackcurrant with just a touch of grapefruit.  Gentle power with a dry lingering finish.




DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL - New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2016

BEST IN SHOW - BEST SAUVIGNON BLANC - New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2016

SILVER MEDAL - The Drinks Business - Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2016

"Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim.  The nose is softly full with lifted fermentation esters melded with gooseberry fruit, fresh herbs, green capsicums and tropical fruits, unveiling some passionfruit.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, crisp and tightly bound, slender flavours of gooseberries and tropical fruits are entwined with fresh herbs and framed by youthful phenolic textures and grip.  The palate is mouthwatering with linearity and a concentrated core, the racy acid enlivening the aromatics and fermentation esters.  The wine carries to a light, crisp, long lingering dry finish.  This is a youthfully tight Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry and tropical fruit lifted by fresh esters, showing a little grip."
-Raymond Chan,, July 2016

"Babich favours 'a fuller, riper, softer' Sauvignon Blanc. 'It’s not a jump out of the glass style, but the wines develop well.' The latest releases reflect a rising input of grapes from the company's Cowslip Valley Vineyard in the Waihopai Valley, which gives less herbaceous fruit characters than its other Marlborough vineyards. The 2016 vintage is typical. The bouquet is fresh, with ripe tropical-fruit aromas; the palate is mouthfilling, with strong, vibrant, passionfruit-evoking flavours, in a non-herbaceous, but still lively and appetisingly crisp, style."
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper's 2017 Buyers Guide

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