Night Harvest Reserve Range Dessert Wine
Made from chardonnay, this little sweetie will be just the thing for a crème brulee, or even a rich pate pre-dinner. Pretty aromas of poached peaches, candied citrus rind and honey lift from the glass, whilst the palate is sweet and unctuous, with honey-coated stone fruit flavours, a velvety mouthfeel, and some lemony acidity cleaning up the finish. The other good thing about this dessert wine is it's only 10% alcohol!
Oak Maturation: - 100% in French oak barriques 40% new and the balance 1 and 2 year old barrels for at least 12-14 months.
Aroma: - Lifted aromas of lemon and honey
Palate: - A mix of creamy citrus fruits, minerals, melon and burnt honey. All held with a tight focused control. The palate shows excellent intensity that persists. This will cellar well for 4-5 years.
Winemaking: - The fruit is left under nets as late as the season will allow. Picked before winter sets in, it is transported quickly to the winery. The fruit is then passed through the crusher, then transferred into the press where it is held for extended skin contact. After a gentle pressing, the juice is allowed to settle before racking to achieve the desired level of solids in the juice. Fermentation is started in stainless steel tanks before being transferred into French oak barriques. Stirring of the lees continued for about 4 months, then left to mature for another 8- 12 months