Mills Reef 2016 Reserve Syrah and 2015 Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon

Mills Reef is the consummate Hawke’s Bay wine producer making wines across many varieties and at different levels of aspiration. In all cases, the wines deliver exactly what they are meant to, and usually more, thus making Mills Reef a particularly good purchase. Winemakers Tim Preston and Paul Dawick are aware of the strengths of the Hawke’s Bay region and in particular the suitability of certain styles from the different sub-regions. This means that Mills Reef does often source fruit from other growing regions, such as Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, due to the uniqueness of these wines and the demands of their markets.

However, Hawke’s Bay, and especially the Gimblett Gravels is the heart, soul and core of Mills Reef, and Syrah and the Bordeaux varieties are the showcase wines for the company. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Reserve’ Syrah, made from low cropped fruit with intense flavours to achieve balance, and the 2015 ‘Elspeth’ Cabernet Sauvignon, which is made with the best possible quality in mind. As usual, they reflect the growing benevolent seasons in 2015 and 2016 in Hawke’s Bay. www.millsreef.co.nz


  • Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016
  • Mills Reef ‘Elspeth’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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