2018 Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

Our Reserve range is crafted from hand picked fruit from our superior Hawkes Bay vineyards. The winemaking style is to achieve a distinct, unique flavours with a layered structure, set to impress for those special moments. Pair with your favourite dishes and enjoy in good company.

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Tasting Notes

An elegant and powerful single vineyard Chardonnay that oozes class. Toasted almonds, grilled peaches and a subtle flinty reduction. Sourced from the Riverview vineyard on the banks of the Ngaruroro river this site has imparted purity and a flinty texture from the stony soils. A long saline finish, full of pineapple and ripe melon, with beautifully integrated oak. Delicious.

Wine Review

A vivacious example coming from the Riverview vineyard in Hawke’s Bay. Fresh, with a citrus peel, peach and honeysuckle bouquet, and a distinctive top note of smoky, Riesling-like kerosene. Medium-bodied with more lemon, rockmelon and stony mineral on the palate. A busy rush of acidity, a nice touch of oak, and a creamy finish. Judges noted “great acid and great potential”

Top 10 in the Winefolio Chardonnay Tasting 2020

“A classic ‘old school’ style bouquet with aromas of creamy vanilla custard, baked stone fruits and spicy oak. Flavours of yellow nectarine and apricot, apple, some grapefruit peel then a swing back to new French oak flavours, tannins and medium acidity. Creamy and dry, taut and youthful still. Well made and ready to enjoy from today and through 2025.”

Cameron Douglas, 92 Score

Vineyards and Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were grown in our Riverview vineyard in the Hawke’s Bay.

The fruit was pressed into stainless steel tanks and after a short settling period the juice was run off to barrel for fermentation. Most of the barrels were allowed to undergo wild fermentation. Following fermentation the wine was inoculated for Malolactic fermentation.
After approximately a year, in a variety of oak barrels, the wine was transferred to our Katikati winery for finishing. The wine was bottled in March 2020.

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

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