Mills Reef ‘Elspeth’ Reds – The Heavyweight 2009s

The Mills Reef ‘Elspeth' heavyweight reds from the wonderful 2009 Hawke's Bay vintage have been released. The quality of the fruit delivered to the wineries has generally been exceptional, and it is a matter of winemaking interpretation on how the wines turn out stylistically. Mills Reef will always admit that the ‘Elspeth' range is a ‘work in progress', while being the best expressions of that year. Tim Preston and Paul Dawick's work with the ‘Integrale' barrels has certainly yielded fine results; while not entirely suitable for Merlot, the barrels have been an outstanding success with Syrah. I review the 2009 ‘Elspeth' Cabernet/Merlot and Syrah, the most exciting ‘Elspeth' labels for me. Unless there is an ‘Elspeth One' in 2009? www.millsreef.co.nz

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