Mills Reef ‘Elspeth’ ‘Trust’ Syrah 2010


Mills Reef can lay claim to fame for their wines from different perspectives. Seen primarily as a Hawke's Bay producer with an emphasis on wines sourced from Gimblett Gravels fruit, it is one of a band of wineries that are releasing wines of excellent structure and ageworthiness. As a red Bordeaux-variety based company, its output of varietal wines and blended wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec has been extremely highly regarded and consistently successful. However, Mills Reef is currently on a high with its Syrah wines. Just two months ago, the ‘Elspeth' Syrah 2010 was awarded the 2012 N.Z. Syrah Trophy at the IWC in London, this being a strong international endorsement of the label. This wine was made from fruit from the ‘Mere Road' vineyard. The release of the ‘Trust Vineyard' wines which include a Syrah is yet another angle that makes Mills Reef always interesting. The ‘Trust' vineyard is a 4 ha site on the corner of S.H. 50 and Mere Road, close-planted at 6,300 vines per ha with 80% Syrah and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Though young vines, the results have been impressive. Paddy Preston makes the final call on the style of the wines, enjoying the more aromatic and accessible nature the site imparts. Here is my review of the 2010 ‘Trust' Syrah. www.millsreef.co.nz

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