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Leveret Estate IQ Premium Brut Methode Traditionnelle
IQ – Improving Quietly.
Premium Brut Methode Traditionnelle made with grapes sourced from our Hawkes Bay vineyards located in the upper river terraces of the Ngaruroro River.
Traditional methods of sparkling winemaking are used, firstly through a primary fermentation with a neutral yeast strain, followed by a complete malo-lactic fermentation. The base wines are then blended after 12 months maturation on lees prior to filtration and tirage. Tirage is the bottling of the base wines after the addition of sugar and yeast. Bottle fermentation then occurs at 11C, with bottle pressures getting to 6 bar.
Following bottle fermentation the wines are left for at least 18 months on the fermentation lees. This maturation time allows yeast autolysis to occur contributing important flavour and textural qualities to the wine. Disgorging then takes place to remove the yeast from the bottle, some sugar is added to adjust the sweetness and the cork and wire are put into place.
This premium Brut has a fine and persistent bead. The aroma shows complex yeast autolysis characters of nuts, freshly baked bread, wild mushrooms and marzipan. The fruit aromas are totally entwined with the secondary characters but are still present enough to provide a citrus and stone fruit base. The palate is amazingly fresh, with a gentle effervescence and long textural finish.
Cellaring Potential: Immediate drinking recommended but can be cellared for up to 2 years
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