Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ 2017 Sauvignon and 2016 Merlot


Mills Reef is first and foremost a Gimblett Gravels producer sourcing fruit from vineyards in this district, the ‘Mere Road’ and ‘Tasman’ sites. However the company sources from other areas in Hawke’s Bay and other regions beyond for its ‘Reserve’ tier and ‘Estate’ wines. The ‘Reserve’ wines are the company’s premium wines, made from "low-yielding vines producing superior grapes showing intense fruit flavours and pure varietal expression”. Mills Reef aims to achieve balance of flavour, structure and texture. I’ve found that the wines indeed do that, and they perform with distinction in wine judgings. Here, I review the new release 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Merlot from the ‘Reserve’ tier.


  • Mills Reef Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016

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