The story of Leveret Estate is long winded and, in all honesty, will bore your socks off. Something about a leveret being a baby hare, three hares featuring on the label, their ears connecting to make a triangular symbol, that symbol was used by an old tin merchant, it goes on and on.
What’s more interesting is Leveret Estate is actually owned by the guys that used to own Morton Estate and if you know anything about Hawke’s Bay and Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay you’ll know Morton made their name off making bloody good Chardonnay – including winning Best Chardonnay in the World back in the 90s!
They only produce wines under the Leveret Estate name when they think the fruit is up to scratch.
It’s had all the treatment of a wine worthy of a $20 plus price tag. Twelve months in barrel, regular lees stirring (a technique winemakers use to add complexity), a few years bottle age under its belt now, she’s your rich and creamy style Chardonnay full of citrus and stonefruit flavours and its hit its straps nicely. A real bargain, hop to it.