Mills Reef – Hawke’s Bay Hearted

Though Mills Reef is Tauranga-based with its winery, excellent restaurant and visitor facilities there, its vinous heart is truly set in Hawke's Bay, where the fruit is sourced. The Preston family own two sites in Mere Road in the Gimblett Gravels area, with three other contracted vineyards, one of which is also in the Gimblett Gravels. The flagship ‘Elspeth' range showcases this sub-region; as does the ‘Reserve' range, and as often the case, the supporting tier is just as successful in terms of awards as the top range. Accessibility, balance and featured fruit expression are the reasons for this. Winemakers Tim Preston and Paul Dawick have been most consistent in their work and are among the most focussed in using Hawke's Bay fruit. www.millsreef.co.nz

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