2016 Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet

Our Reserve range is crafted with hand-picked fruit from our superior Hawkes Bay vineyards. The winemaking style is to achieve a distinct, unique flavour with a layered structure, set to impress for those special moments. Pair with your favourite dishes and enjoy in good company.

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Tasting Notes

Enticing aromas of dark forest berries, coffee and bramble with a herbal lift. The palate shows a seamless balance of fruit weight and tannins. The lengthy finish has notes of chocolate and leather. This wine is drinking well now but will reward cellaring for up to eight years.

Wine Review

“Still youthful, the 2016 vintage was matured for two years in French oak casks (20 per cent new). A deeply coloured, mouthfilling red, it has fresh, concentrated blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, finely structured and sustained. Best drinking 2022+”

Michael Cooper

Vineyards and Winemaking

This wine is entirely from grapes grown in our Tantallon Vineyard in Hawke’s Bay. The grapes for this wine were harvested and transported to our Riverview winery. The fruit was gently crushed into open top fermenters and inoculated for fermentation. Caps management was by pumping over. Following fermentation and a short period of extended maceration, the wine was transferred to barrel for approximately 18 months maturation. The wine was then racked out of barrel and transferred to our Katikati winery for finishing and bottling without filtration 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