2015 Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot

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.

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Tasting Notes

Darks fruits, leather and tobacco box aromas. Fine grained tannins provide structure and length to the big ripe dark fruit flavours. This wine is drinking well now but can be cellared.

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Vineyards and Winemaking

This wine is from grapes grown in two of our Hawkes Bay vineyards - Tantallon and Campbell Brook. The grapes were harvested from the Tantallon and Campbell Brook vineyards and transported to our Riverview winery were they were crushed to open topped stainless steel fermentation vessels and inoculated with a range of yeast strains. The ferments were hand plunged several times per day until dry and then allowed from 2 to 14 days extended maceration. The wine was then pressed off the skins and put to barrel where it was aged for 18 months before blending. The wine was then transported by road tanker to our Katikati winery for final blending and finishing.

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