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Wine of the Weekend

Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2018

May 1 is Sauvignon Blanc Day.  It’s like Christmas in May for SB lovers, and the LCBO breaks out an array of wines from France, New Zealand, Chile and Ontario to quench the thirst of Ontario’s savviest Sauv drinkers. This year, Sauvignon Blanc day lines up perfectly with Vintages’ release of Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc, a perfect example of what New Zealand has done with one of the world’s favourite grapes, and a must for any SB day celebration. There are plenty of virtual events being organized, so grab a glass of your favourite SB and get online!

Tasting Notes: Babich’s Black Label Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Sauv, encapsulating the bright citrus, fleshy tropical fruit and herbal profile of the New Zealand style. Lively lemon and grapefruit, nectarine and passion fruit leap from the glass to your palate with great intensity, closing with a mouth-watering finish of herbal notes and lingering fruit.

Enjoy With: Veal picatta, seafood (Mussels! Oysters!), or a chicken dish like mild chicken korma with crispy poppadums. Asparagus, and goat cheese with herbs are also classic pairings.

Style: A dry, crisp, fruity white wine.

Terroir/Region: Marlborough, New Zealand was the region that revolutionized Sauvignon Blanc. From the mid-1980s, NZ SB began winning international wine awards and gaining recognition, so by the time the global wine community was off its Pinot Grigio kick and ready for more flavour, easy-drinking easy-to-enjoy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was ready and waiting.

Producer: The Babich family has been making wine for a long time. We think of New Zealand as relatively new to the global wine stage, but Babich has been at it for over 100 years! The family has progressed over those years to have access to fantastic vineyards, many of which are estate (family) owned, and the insider knowledge they have is unparalleled in the region. You can taste it in your first sip!

Availability: Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is available in the Vintages section of your local LCBO or for online ordering. Grab your bottle for Sauvignon Blanc day, or a few to make any day Sauvignon Blanc Day!


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Price: $19.95

LCBO#: 9142

Size: 750mL

Alcohol Content: 13.0% alc./vol.