2018 Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet

Our Estate range is blended from the finest fruits from our Marlborough and Hawkes Bay vineyards. The award-winning wines are full of flavour and character for everyday enjoyment. Designed to be shared in good company.

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Tasting Notes

A deep red colour. The aroma is very vibrant with ripe berry, plum and spice with a subtle dried herb lift. The palate shows fine grained tannins that provide structure and length to the fruit flavours and a lovely savoury complexity. This wine is drinking well now but will reward cellaring for up to eight years.

Wine Review

“Offering good value, this is a sturdy, full-coloured red with strong, ripe berry, plum and spice flavours, savoury notes adding complexity and finely balanced tannins. Already drinking well, it’s also well worth cellaring.”

Winestate Magazine

Vineyards and Winemaking

This wine is from grapes grown in two of our Hawke’s Bay vineyards - Tantallon and Campbell’s Brook.

The grapes were harvested from the vineyards and transported to our Riverview winery were they were crushed to open topped stainless steel fermentation vessels and inoculated with a range of yeast strains. The ferments were hand plunged several times per day until dry and then allowed from 2 to 14 days extended maceration. The wine was then pressed off the skins and put to barrel where it was aged for 18 months before blending. The wine was then transported by road tanker to our Katikati winery for final blending and finishing. Bottling was in July 2020.

Leveret and Mills Reef Winery

Leveret & Mills Reef Winery

(+64) 7 552 0795

Leveret and Mills Reef Cellar Door,
2389 State Highway 2, RD4, Katikati

Open 9.30am to 5pm 7 days a week

The Wine Portfolio – Auckland Office

(+64) 9 300 5053

The Wine Portfolio – Auckland Office,
Suite 1, 77 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland