2016 Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

These wines are expertly crafted from fruit harvested from our own vineyards, situated in prime locations in both Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough. Both regions are renown for producing award winning varietal because of the optimal climate in which the vines are grown to produce distinctive New Zealand wines.

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Tasting Notes

Aromas of barbecued peaches, toffee apple and rock melon. The barrel fermentation has given this wine great complexity, subtle oak, cashew nut and citrus. This wine is soft, finely textured with great length and a mineral complexity.

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Vineyards and Winemaking

This wine is from Chardonnay grapes grown in our Riverview (88%) and Kinross (12%) vineyards in Hawkes Bay. The grapes for this wine were harvested and transported to our Riverview winery. The fruit was pressed into stainless steel tanks and after a short settling period the juice was run off to barrel for fermentation. A number of barrels were allowed to undergo wild ferment while the rest were inoculated with a range of yeast strains including PDM, VL1 and Maurivin “Fusion”. Following fermentation the wine was inoculated for malolactic fermentation. After approximately a year in oak, the wine was then transferred to our Katikati winery for finishing and bottling.

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