2020 Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah

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

This opulent, vegan friendly, Syrah conveys blueberry, black fruits and subtle spice, with hints of vanilla and toasty oak. Full bodied and imbued with supple integrated tannins makes this wine complex and savoury.

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Vineyards and Winemaking

he grapes for this elegant Syrah were grown in the highly acclaimed Gimblett Gravels region of Hawkes Bay. With a lead in of an extended summer dry period, March and April provided the ultimate growing conditions enabling the fruit to have developed enhanced flavours and optimal ripeness. The fruit for this wine was harvested on 8th April 2020 in immaculate condition and balance.

Four parcels from carefully chosen rows were vinified separately. After a three day cold soak to extract important colour and flavour components, the musts were fermented with selected yeasts in open-top stainless steel vats. With diligent cap management, the resulting wine parcels were pressed off the skins, creating two blends, and then aged for twelve months in quality French oak, of which 25% was new wood. The two parcels were then brought together on 4th June 2021. The final wine is un-fined, but filtered just before bottling under Stelvin screwcap closure.

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

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The Wine Portfolio – Auckland Office

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The Wine Portfolio – Auckland Office,
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