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 classic Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc is crafted in an off-dry style. With richness, depth and delightful aromas and flavours of luscious pear, tomato leaf, passionfruit and gooseberry with a hint of lychee. Deliciously appealing.
The grapes for this delicious Sauvignon Blanc were grown from our own Estate Hawkes Bay vineyards. With a lead in of an extended summer dry period, March provided the ultimate growing conditions with warm days and cool nights, enabling the fruit to have enhanced flavours while retaining acid. 2020 produced clean, healthy, flavoursome fruit.
Fermentation was initiated with specially selected Sauvignon Blanc yeast, and proceeded in a slow controlled manner to preserve both the varietal fruitiness and its aromatic intensity. It was lightly fined, followed by stabilisation prior to bottling on 10th December 2020 under screwcap.