Head of the family, leader of the tribe, the big MacDaddy, call him what you will but Babich Wines wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for Josip Babich.
Croat born Josip moved to NZ in 1910 and by 1916 he was selling the first Babich wine (labelled “Babich Brothers”). Almost 100 years on and the Babich name is still going strong.
The modern day Babich bunch have dedicated their flagship label to Josip and called it their “Patriarch”. This is a label only released in the very best of vintages, from low yielding vines for maximum quality, entirely hand-picked fruit from their “Irongate” Gimblett Gravels vineyard, hand plunged, the works.
From a stunning 2015 Hawke’s Bay vintage, this blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 22%Malbec is a dark, rich red that has some serious cellaring potential of around 15 years or so!
Awarded a whopping 95/100 by Bob Campbell MW, who said “Rich, complex and quite mellow red…An intriguing wine with a character all of its own.”