Babich Black Label Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand
Wine of the Weekend
Babich Black Label Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand

Across much of Ontario, this weekend’s weather will offer a mid-winter opportunity to fire up the BBQ and recall the flavours of summer. While it’s not exactly a heat-wave, it will be warm enough to grill up some grub for Sunday’s Big Game. This gorgeous Pinot Noir will match just about anything you can cook on the grill. Don’t forget to share!

Tasting Note: Here is a medium-weight Pinot Noir with terrific flavour intensity, a smooth supple mouthfeel and a mouthwatering finish. An intriguing and complex nose of cherry, raspberry, spice, flowers and cocoa invite the first sip. Flavours of dark ripe fruit, sandalwood and anise are perfectly balanced by cherry-like acidity and soft cocoa infused tannins. The lingering finish is clean, dry and fruity.
Enjoy With:  Charcuterie, grilled lamb sausages, steak, gourmet burgers, grilled salmon and medium-strong cheeses.
Style:  Medium-bodied and fruity, dry red wine.
Terroir / Region: Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest and most important grape growing region. Located on the northeastern tip of the South Island, the Marlborough region is spread across a number of wide alluvial plains that gently rise to meet the foothills of the surrounding mountains. There are numerous small valleys with microclimates perfectly suited for growing Pinot Noir.
Producer: Last year, Babich celebrated 100 years of family winemaking. More than 15 years ago, as the development and planting of the Marlborough region really took off, Babich secured a number of vineyard sites to primarily grow Sauvignon Blanc and a little Pinot Noir. In 2013 they opened a new state-of-the-art winemaking facility near Blenheim where they produce wines from their estate-grown fruit.
Availability:  Babich Black Label Pinot Noir 2014 will be available through Vintages officially on Saturday, but check stores now as some locations have released the wine early.
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