2019 Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot Malbec

Reserve wines are from low-yielding vines producing superior grapes showing intense fruit flavours and pure varietal expression. The winemaking philosophy is to achieve "balance" of flavour, structure and texture.

Reserve wines are more complex than the Mills Reef range and by matching them with food can greatly enhance your dining experience.

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Tasting Notes

Immediately warm and appetising, this deliciously harmonious blend of two classical Bordeaux varieties. Showcases boysenberry and plum fruits, complemented with spicy leather, earthy musky violets and silky smooth tannins. Ready for immediate enjoyment or to reward cellaring.

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Vineyards and Winemaking

This fine wine is an appealing blend of the classic Bordeaux varieties, Merlot (79%) and Malbec (21%).

Crafted from grapes grown in the highly acclaimed Gimblett Gravels wine growing district, they were harvested in optimum condition on April 9th at 22.2 Brix.

The grapes were gently crushed, cold-soaked for two days before undergoing fermentation in stainless steel tanks, with gentle daily cap management to extract colour, flavour and fine tannin structure. A post-ferment maceration followed over eleven days. The skins were then pressed off and the wine aged for sixteen months in quality oak barrels (30% of which was French new oak), undergoing one racking during this time. The final wine was blended on 8th September and lightly fined before bottling on 29th October 2020 under screwcap.

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