Organic Chardonnay 2016
750mL | 13.0% ABV | Stelvin
Marlborough, New Zealand
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Babich developed the first vineyard to achieve sustainable registration in New Zealand. With our ongoing commitment to protect the environment through only implementing sustainable practices in all our vineyards, it was a logical progression to move to the next step and investigate the benefits of an organic approach to viticulture.
The fruit was harvested in excellent condition from our certified organic Headwaters Vineyard near Renwick in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. The juice was briefly settled then fermented in a mix of new and old French oak and stainless steel vats with indigenous yeast. The wine was then allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. After a long time on lees, to promote mouthfeel, integration and complexity, the components were blended, lightly fined and bottled early in the new year.
Sweetly perfumed aromas - nutty, mealy with lemon blossom and a nice cedar edge. The palate is rich and complex with a zesty citrus burst on entry and nectarine and peach on the mid palate. Savoury elements are also apparent. Nice weight and volume and just a hint of caramel on the long finish.
MASTERS MEDAL – Global Organic Masters 2017
SILVER MEDAL – International Organic Wine Awards 2017
SILVER MEDAL – New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2017