Awatere River releases new premium label

Louis Vavasour (pictured) recently showed Bob Campbell MW three new release wines under his new label ‘LV by Louis Vavasour’. (Photo: Sapor Makers and Growers)

New Zealand financial services company, Booster, recently purchased Nelson winery, Waimea Estates and the Central Otago brand and vineyards of Bannock Brae as well as 50% of the Awatere River Wine Company. Louis Vavasour owns the other 50% of Awatere River Wine Company. The Holding Company is called Sapor Makers and Growers.

Perhaps the most impressive wine of the trio is LV Méthode Traditionelle NV, a pinot noir dominant blend with chardonnay that has spent over two years en tirage.

Louis Vavasour recently dropped around with three impressive wines from his new ‘LV’ label.

Perhaps the most impressive wine of the trio is the LV Méthode Traditionelle, a pinot noir dominant blend with chardonnay that has spent over two years en tirage. An impressively elegant wine with pinot noir chocolate box characters and a pleasing influence of brioche-like yeast autolysis capped off with a silken texture. (NZD $49)

The 2016 LV Chardonnay is another impressive wine with plenty of weight and flavour including stone fruit, nut and struck flint and mineral character. Powerful wine with a lingering finish. (NZD $49)

Finally, the 2016 LV Pinot Noir was a typically herbal Awatere style with plum and berry flavours. Another concentrated wine with the sort of tannic structure that suggests good development potential. (NZD $64)

Correction: an earlier version of this article referred to the new label of the Awatere River Wine Company as “LV by Louis Vavasour”. In fact the range is simply called “LV” .

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