Morton Estate Coniglio Chardonnay 2010· Written Wine Reviews
Jun 15th, 2012 | By Jayson Bryant | Category: Written Wine Reviews
Morton Estate Coniglio Chardonnay 2010
Coniglio, meaning rabbit in Italian, which is slightly odd given that Chardonnay is not a native Italian grape, nor is the owner of Morton Estate Italian. This aside, Coniglio is a sensational wine. Wine is all about balance and this certainly has that.
The colour twinkles with hints of gold. The nose oozes ripe pink candied grapefruit, lime leaf, and lemon sorbet. The palate clean, smooth and utterly seductive. There’s a creaminess and full palate that will appeal to the old school Chardonnay drinkers, but it will please the more linear lovers also. Texture and depth of character keep your mouth guessing and intrigued. Purity of fruit is also a major factor, it’s clean and focused, yet has broad appeal.
New Zealand has definitely started producing good Chardonnay. Morton Estate’s Coniglio has a place amongst some of the finest New Zealand Chardonnays. The company that it keeps is good. Craggy Range Les Beaux Cailloux, Te Mata Elston, Kumeu River Chardonnay, this list goes on, and the Coniglio rivals them. The price also rivals them, at $80 this is no mid week drinker, unless you’ve plenty of cash to throw around, but if you’ve the money to spend for an appropriate occasion then do so on this wine.
2010 Morton Estate Coniglio has already been awarded Gold at the 2012 London International Wine Challenge. With back-to-back successes, the 2000 Morton Estate Coniglio won two trophies at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards in 2006. In the following year, the 2002 Morton Estate Coniglio was awarded the same two trophies at the Decanter World Wine Awards. So the 2010 appears as it will no doubt win ome awards and hearts.