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.
This refined Pinot Gris has been crafted from grapes off superior Hawkes Bay vineyards. Full bodied and creamy smooth, it displays attractive peach and nashi pear flavours complimented with a subtle lychee note, and a deliciously soft ginger spice finish.
"Totally enticing bouquet with aromas of power and richness, a core of fruit, oilyness and spice. Perfectly balanced on the palate with a concentration of fruit and white spices, fresh lemon , pears and apples. The lees contact adds texture, mouthfeel and intrigue. Long finish, balanced and well made. Drink upon purchase and through 2023."
Cameron Douglas, 93 Points
The grapes for this cooler-climate loving variety were sourced from low-yielding vines located within the Crownthorpe sub-region of Hawkes Bay. The site enjoys a temperate climate moderated throughout summer by cooling afternoon breezes, in tandem with alluvial soils underfoot overlaying red metal, on terraced sun-facing slopes, the combination of which is ideally suited to the Pinot Gris variety.
The weather over 2020 growing season is characterised by a cooler start during Spring flowering which helped to naturally moderate crop levels for higher wine quality, leading onto a long dry hot summer, continuing right through to harvest and providing unpressured conditions to allow the grapes to be picked at optimal ripeness. Harvesting was over a couple of picks for optimum flavour profile beginning on the 6th of March and completed 1st April 2020 with immaculate fruit condition.
The grapes were pressed on arrival to the winery, and the clarified juice transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation, initiated with an inoculated yeast specially selected for its aromatic expression. A blending trial on the separate batches was undertaken to achieve the right balance, enhanced complexity and mouthfeel. The emerging wine thereafter received a light fining, progressing through to cold stabilisation prior to bottling on 17th August 2020, under screwcap.