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Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay 2016 Cabernet/Merlot

13 October,2017
The Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ wines support the flagship ‘Elspeth’ range, but are made from low yielding vines to provide high quality fruit and balanced wines which can be consumed earlier. The Mills Reef team ensure there is no lack of varietal expression, and the flavour, structure and texture are in harmony. This approach has rewarded Mills Reef with good show awards over the years. The wines are deservedly successful. Here. I review the new release ‘Reserve' 2016 Cabernet/Merlot, made from Gimblett Gravels fruit. www.millsreef.co.nz

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Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2016

Blended Red from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18-/20
Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. This has an elegantly concentrated and packed nose of ripe plum fruit with blackberries and blackcurrants, unfolding a little cassis with layers of fragrant, spicy oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated, elegantly packed core of dark-red plum fruit and liquorice with blackcurrants and cassis flavours. The fruit is complexed by a layering of dark herbs and sweet, spicy oak. The flavours are rich and juicy and underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction that provides good linearity, carrying to a lingering finish of blackcurrants, plums and spicy oak. This is an elegant, sweet and juicy fruited Cabernet/Merlot with plum, liquorice and blackcurrant fruit and spicy oak on a finely extracted palate with good linearity. Match with beef and lamb, and Mediterranean cuisine over the next 5-6+ years. A blend of 55.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39.4% Merlot and 4.9% Cabernet Franc, the fruit from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented with a portion of whole berries to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 36% new French and American oak hogsheads. 18.0-/20 Oct 2017 RRP $24.95
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