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Leveret Reserve Marlborough Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc

Leveret Estate Reserve Marlborough Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc - Bottle Shot

Vintage 2017

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.

Cellaring: This wine is drinking well now but the barrel aging will enable it to evolve in the bottle and it will cellar for up to five years.

Vineyard: 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.

“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.”
4 Stars – Yvonne Lorkin

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