Coniglio Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015

Our supreme award-winning wine “Coniglio”, which is Italian for rabbit.It is a wine of exceptional style and elegance, hand crafted from the finest Chardonnay fruit grown in our unique Hawkes Bay vineyard at Riverview. Produced only in years when the fruit achieves absolute perfection, hand selection and whole bunch pressing have created a style that is seamless and the pinnacle of the winemaker’s art.This crafted Chardonnay is exquisitely packed in individual boxes and each bottle is wrapped and numbered to reflect its uniqueness. Only a very limited amount is produced at a time, making this an exclusive wine set to impress.

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Tasting Notes

Complex and alluring, this wine has aromas of gunflint, ripe stone fruit and toasty oak. The palate is concentrated with a minerality and texture that reflects the site, and a spicy citrus spine that leads to a lovely long finish. The Coniglio style is one that will age gracefully for many years to come.

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Vineyards and Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were sourced from our Riverview vineyard, on the southern terraces of the Ngaruroro River in the Hawke’s Bay. The free draining shingle plains of this inland site consistently provide the winery with exceptional Chardonnay that is unique and distinctive, with pure fruit flavours and intense minerality that simply cannot be found in other vineyards.

Handpicked fruit was taken off our flagship Riverview vineyard where it was then whole bunch pressed to barrel. The juice was left to ferment with natural wild yeasts and minimal inputs. The wine spent at least 18 months in new and old oak where it underwent malolactic fermentation. Following barrel maturation, the wine was tankered to our Katikati winery for final finishing and bottling. The wine was bottled in August 2017.

Leveret and Mills Reef Winery

Leveret & Mills Reef Winery

(+64) 7 552 0795

Leveret and Mills Reef Cellar Door,
2389 State Highway 2, RD4, Katikati

Open 9.30am to 5pm 7 days a week

The Wine Portfolio – Auckland Office

(+64) 9 300 5053

The Wine Portfolio – Auckland Office,
Suite 1, 77 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland