Lindauer

Lindauer Special Reserve

Gisborne Hawkes Bay Cuvée RicheNV Lindauer Special Reserve Gisborne Hawkes Bay Cuvée Riche 750ml

Taking more than two years from harvest to finished product and made from premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, Lindauer Special Reserve Cuvée Riche is an elegant sparkling wine. Bottle fermented in the traditional way, this is a soft, golden sparkling wine, with notes of berry on the nose, and rich honey flavours.

Goes great with:

  • Cheese

  • Dessert

  • Seafood

$2099 RRP 750ml bottle

Accolades:

  • Bronze, NZ International WIne Show 2014

Lindauer Special Reserve Cuvée Riche is bright gold with coppery highlights. Rich, toasty butterscotch aromas with vibrant citrus and berry notes dominate the nose. Smooth and rich, yet soft on the palate, the creamy, honeyed mouth-feel is offset by a complex, red berry elegance.

Description:

Aromas:
Lindauer Special Reserve Cuvée Riche is bright gold with coppery highlights. Rich, toasty butterscotch aromas with vibrant citrus and berry notes dominate the nose.
Palate:
Smooth and rich, yet soft on the palate, the creamy, honeyed mouth-feel is offset by a complex, red berry elegance.

Food and Wine Match:

Lindauer Special Reserve Cuvée Riche is a delight on its own or matched with a light creamy dessert.

Cellaring:

Best enjoyed young and fresh, Lindauer Special Reserve Cuvée Riche will increase in toasty flavours if left to mature for one two years.

Harvest Notes:

The long cool maritime influenced growing season of the Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay districts, where Lindauer fruit is sourced, is capable of maturing grapes well past the point at which they are suitable for sparkling wines. The timing of harvest is therefore very important and closely monitored. The early season harvest of sparkling grapes ensures that they experience a season which very closely mimics that of more classically defined cool climate regions. The advantage of this early harvest is surety of ripeness and balance, but with natural acidities the envy of many wine growing regions of the world. The harvest is timed so the fruit flavours and aromas are still in the yellow citrus to green apple fruit spectrum for Chardonnay and fresh red strawberry spectrum for Pinot Noir.

Fermentation Notes:

The grapes are harvested at an optimum balance between fruit flavour, acidity and sweetness. The juice is separated quickly and gently from the skins and allowed to naturally oxidize to remove some Pinot Noir colour and phenolic bitterness. The juice is then inoculated with a range of yeast, specially selected to enhance and complement the sparkling wine characters of yeast autolysis. The juice is fermented quickly under strictly controlled conditions and followed by total malolactic fermentation, all the time staying in contact with the yeast lees. This increases the texture of the wine. After cellaring for at least three months, the cuvée base wines are gently fined, carefully blended and a portion of reserve wine (premium base wine components held over from previous years to ensure consistency and complexity) added. The typical composition of the cuvée is normally 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay but this may change slightly from year to year. Before bottling reserve wine is added being dessert style Semillon at 5%, which gives sweetness and richness to the palate. Finally the base cuvée is chilled and filtered. The blended base cuvée has sugar and yeast added and is then bottled. The bottles are laid on their sides in bins inside temperature controlled cellars to undergo a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The fermentation lasts six to eight weeks, during which time the sugar is converted to alcohol and CO2.

Vintages

Technical Information

Vintage:
NV
Variety:
Cuvée Riche
Region:
Gisborne Hawkes Bay
Alcohol:
12%
pH:
3.25
Residual Sugar:
12 g/L