2017 Reserve Marlborough Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc

Our Reserve range is crafted with hand-picked fruit from our superior Hawkes Bay vineyards. The winemaking style is to achieve a distinct, unique flavour with a layered structure, set to impress for those special moments. Pair with your favourite dishes and enjoy in good company.

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Tasting Notes

This wine shows aromas of rock melon, orange, guava and nashi pineapple. The oak is subtly present on the nose as a hint of smokiness but is more apparent in the structure – on the palate it is fuller bodied than most Sauvignon Blancs. The wine finishes dry and has a good length with blackcurrant flavours. This wine is drinking well now but the barrel aging will enable it to evolve in the bottle and it will cellar.

Wine Review

“How is it that a sauvignon blanc can be fresh, frisky and citrusy, but also buxom and bodacious at the same time? When it’s the Leveret Reserve style, that’s how. Displaying all that juicy passionfruit, pineapple and lime loveliness we expect in Marlborough sauvignon, yet somehow morphing the herbaceousness into a soft, smoky spectrum of flavour – it’s a new favourite for sure.”

Yvonne Lorkin

Vineyards and Winemaking

This wine is entirely from grapes grown in our Kuranui Vineyard in the Upper Awatere subregion.

Winemaking: The grapes for this wine were harvested and transported to a contract winery in Marlborough. Following settling the clear juice was chilled before being loaded into a road tanker for transfer to our Riverview winery in Hawkes Bay. A portion of the juice was fermented in barrel and the remainder in stainless steel. Following fermentation both portions were transferred to barrel for approximately six months maturation. The wine was then racked out of barrel and transferred to out Katikati winery for finishing and bottling. Minimal fining was used and the wine was bottled on 31st January 2018.

Leveret and Mills Reef Winery

Leveret & Mills Reef Winery

(+64) 7 552 0795

Leveret and Mills Reef Cellar Door,
2389 State Highway 2, RD4, Katikati

Open 9.30am to 5pm 7 days a week

The Wine Portfolio – Auckland Office

(+64) 9 300 5053

The Wine Portfolio – Auckland Office,
Suite 1, 77 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland