The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Babich Wines celebrates Sauvignon Blanc Day with an exciting centenary harvest

(R-L) David Babich - General Manager, Joe Babich - Managing Director and Peter Babich - Chairman.

(R-L) David Babich – General Manager, Joe Babich – Managing Director and Peter Babich – Chairman.

Babich Wines, one of New Zealand’s oldest wine brands, has finished harvesting its 101st vintage, just in time for the seventh annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 6.

Sauvignon Blanc Day is an online celebration, which kicks off in New Zealand and travels around the globe. Wine brands, restaurants, bars, retailers and consumers all celebrate Sauvignon Blanc for the day, and share what they’re up to by using #SauvBlanc on Twitter and Instagram.

Babich is looking forward to taking part in the online conversation, and sharing the news about its latest crop, which the family owned brand believes will yield yet another generation of world-class wines.

“I think there will be some fantastic wines coming out of 2016,” says David Babich, General Manager and third-generation winemaker. “The sunny days in Marlborough continued well into April, which was perfect for flavour development in the Sauvignon. I am especially looking forward to the single vineyard organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from our Headwaters vineyard. The vineyard is old riverbed and the wine reflects this with intense mineral, flinty notes on the nose and palate.”

The fact that Babich Wines is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary makes this year’s harvest even more special.

“It’s amazing to think that my grandfather, Josip Babich, produced the first bottle of Babich wine a century ago,” says David. “So much has changed since then. In the 1900s, wine was sold purely to the domestic market. Now, we export about 90% of our production. In litres, that would be around 4 million from the Sauvignon Blanc vintage we’ve just had.”

David has some easy-to-follow tips for anyone looking to enjoy a glass of Sauvignon with their lunch or dinner on Sauvignon Blanc Day.

“Sauvignon is a fresh flavour style of wine, so matching is reasonably easy – anything that has to be very fresh to be good is a start point, so fish, seafood and salads would all work well. I also have a rule that if you could squeeze a lemon on it and it will improve it (for example fish) then Sauvignon will probably work with it!”