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Leveret Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Late Harvest


Vintage 2016

On the nose this wine exhibits a complex array of aromas including Orange blossom, stewed pear, dried apricot and marzipan.  On the palate the high residual sugar level contributes to a rich, viscous texture with flavours of pear, apricot and toffee apple.  The sweetness is evident as would be expected but this is balanced by firm acidity.  There is a great length to the finish.


The late harvested component of this wine is all Viognier from Tantallon vineyard.  The fruit was allowed to hang on the vine until considerable shrivelling had occurred.  There was no botrytis involved in the desiccation process.  The grapes were hand harvested and transported to the Riverview winery where they were pressed and the resulting juice was fermented in stainless steel using Zymaflore ST™ yeast.  This yeast strain was isolated in Sauternes and is known for being resistant to high sugar concentrations.  Fermentation took place over several months.  The wine was then transported to Katikati winery for finishing.  In order to achieve a balanced wine, a proportion of Gewurztraminer from Campbell Brook vineyard was blended in.  The wine was bottled on 14th July 2017 in 375mL flint flutes.

 “The classy 2016 vintage is already difficult to resist.  Made from Viognier, it is a golden, honey-sweet beauty (200 grams/litre  of residual sugar), strongly botrytis-influenced, with lively acidity, an oily texture, and lush, peachy, honeyed flavours.”

5-stars, Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2018

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Vintages >  2016


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5 stars Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2018