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Three Chardonnays You Have to Try

We’re looking forward to Thursday May 26, which celebrates International Chardonnay Day. You might already know this, but our Coniglio Chardonnay, was voted Best Chardonnay in The World for back-to-back vintages, at the Decanter World Wine Awards (2005 & 2006).

We’ve picked out some of our chardonnays for you to try below, and, as always, you’re welcome to visit us any day of the week for a tasting and expert assistance with your wine purchases at our Cellar Door in Katikati, we’re open daily from 9:30am – 5:00pm.

Coniglio Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
Italian for rabbit, this award-winning, limited edition Chardonnay is produced only in years when our winemakers find grapes that are absolutely perfect. 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.
SHOP ➤ Coniglio Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Mills Reef Elspeth Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020
This distinguished, single vineyard Chardonnay exudes presence and finesse. The palate is wonderfully warm, with intense aromas of orange blossom and stone fruits intertwined with peach and pear flavours in harmony with fine French oak seasoning, leading to a subtle, butterscotch, lychee and pomelo finish. Instantly appealing, enjoy now or allow to age gracefully with careful cellaring.
SHOP ➤ Mills Reef Elspeth Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020

Leveret Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018
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. 
SHOP ➤ Leveret Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

“It’s time to celebrate another successful year in the resurgence of the grape variety that dominated the New Zealand wine industry in the 1980s. Those are the days our winemakers won acclaim with barrel-aged wines that were bold and buttery, and while those still exist, today’s Chardonnays are more refined, fruity and fresh with a stand out complexity that’s uniquely New Zealand.”Find out more about celebrating International Chardonnay Day in New Zealand over at nzwine.com


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