Babich New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Recommendation: Not recommended.

Winery/Producer: Babich Wines; Auckland, New Zealand

Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Marlborough, New Zealand.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $9.60 (with a 20% discount)

Purchased From: Total Wine; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Tomato soup; mixed garden salad with artisan olive oil and vinegar; homemade focaccia with olives, Mozzarella and rosemary.


    He said: Chilled before opening. Crystal clear, very light wheat straw color. Strong tart grapefruit aromas. Intense acidity with an overwhelming sour citrus taste that had hints of sweetness in the initial taste. The finish was tangy, bitter, dominated by acidity, and medium-long. VERY disappointing…what can you say when tomato soup doesn’t go with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? It was, at best, just OK with the tomato soup and terrible drinking alone. Enough said!!!

    She said: We looked forward to this dinner because this same soup was so good with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc last week. Unfortunately this wine was not up to the standard. Although adequate when drunk with the soup, it fell flat on its one dimensional face when sipped alone after dinner. OK with the salad and focaccia it was tart without being tasty. A tad of sweetness emerges in the medium long finish but not enough to add to the overall taste. Even at the $9.60 I can not recommend this wine especially considering the fine pairing of the same dinner with a similar Sauvignon Blanc a week ago.


Alcohol: 13%

Bar code: 6 34445 00002 0

Imported by: Select Brokers; Manhasset, New York.