Mills Reef 2010 Reserve Merlot/Malbec and Elspeth Syrah

Although all of the Gimblett Gravels reds of Mills Reef are successful, it seems the ‘Reserve' Merlot/Malbec blend and the ‘Elspeth' Syrah are consumer favourites. Maybe it's the hedonistic flavour of the fruit or the up-front nature of the varieties for the wines that winemakers Tim Preston and Paul Dawick retain and express, but the consistency of style and quality of these labels is something else again. The 2009 releases of these labels showed power and structure, hallmarks of the dry, hot growing season. Here are the 2010 vintage releases from a cooler, slower-to-ripen vintage, the conditions of which have imbued the wines with fruit brightness and attractive aromatic lift. www.millsreef.co.nz

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