It’s vintage time at Leveret and Mills Reef and we’re busy picking the bountiful, ripe grapes from our vineyards, located in New Zealand’s premium wine-growing regions. With a Leveret and Mills Reef wine, you know that every grape that goes into your glass was grown in the rich soils of New Zealand and then handled by award-winning winemakers who are passionate about creating incredible wines worthy of celebration.
One of the things we’re very proud of is our ability to control the process all the way from the grapes to the glass. It gives us the ability to make sure our wine is of the finest quality and something we’re proud to share with our family, friends, and wine lovers like you.
We were thrilled to have our dedication to quality recognized this month when we were awarded New Zealand wine of the year and a double gold medal for our Mills Reef Gimblett Gravels Reserve Merlot 2020 in the 2022 China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA), the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in Hong Kong and China. The Leveret Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019 also received a double gold medal, with the Leveret Reserve Merlot Cabernet 2020 and Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 also gaining golds.
Mills Reef Gimblett Gravels Reserve Merlot 2020
NZ Wine of the Year & Double Gold Medal
The Mills Reef Gimblett Gravels Reserve Merlot 2020 is a full-bodied Merlot sourced from the esteemed Gimblett Gravels vineyards. It is an opulent wine with plum, blueberry and boysenberry fruits, dark chocolate and toasty oak notes, and a velvety texture with a hint of leather.
Leveret Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019
Double Gold Medal
The Leveret Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019 has a floral nose of iris and lavender with juicy, red, summer berries and well-integrated oak, giving aromas of vanilla and smoke. It has a well-balanced palate with black Doris plum and fig. The tannins are spicy giving them great length and structure.
Leveret Reserve Merlot Cabernet 2020
The Leveret Reserve Merlot Cabernet 2020 is a deeply coloured wine, which displays brooding, dark fruit aromas with subtle toasted oak character. The palate is impressively fresh and vibrant, with flavours of forest fruit supported by finely balanced tannin and length.
Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
The opulent Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 has a dark brooding presence. It exudes distinctive blackcurrant characters laced with aniseed and mocha. Silky smooth tannins and ageing in quality oak contribute to its poised structure and length.
We’re also proud to announce that our Falconhead Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2021 took the #1 spot in Cuisine’s lastest tastings and garnered 5-stars from Wine Orbit and a 93-94 from Master Sommelier Cam Douglas. Our Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2021, also placed #3, given a 5-star rating and a 90-92 point score. It’s the second year in a row we’ve graced the top spots in these tastings, which is a testament to the skill of our winemakers, and the dedication of our vineyard managers and the wider team.
Falconhead Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2021
#1 Top NZ & International Other Aromatics
Perfumed aromas of ripe peach and vanilla spice. The palate displays rich stone fruit, tangerine and honeysuckle flavours supported by a long oily finish. This wine is drinking well now but can be cellared for up to 5 years.
Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2021
#3 NZ & International Gewurztraminer Tasting Results
This opulent Gewürztraminer, offers intense aromas of Turkish delight, coconut rough and tangerine. Full bodied and complex the palate is unravelled with lychee, tropical fruits, ginger, rose petal and a touch of brioche.
We’re starting a monthly giveaway to thank you, wine lovers, for, well, being wine lovers.
At the end of each month, we’ll be giving away a $50 Cellar Door Gift Certificate to one of our newsletter readers, who can spend it online or stop into our Cellar Door in Katikati to shop in person.
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We are an independently-owned company that has full control over our entire winemaking process, enabling us to bring you some of the finest, award-winning wines in New Zealand.
We’d be very proud to raise a glass with you!
Hours of operations:
We are open 9:30 AM to 5 PM, seven days a week. No need to book ahead when stopping in to purchase wine, but please call ahead for tasting room reservations. Due to COVID restrictions, we can accommodate groups of up to a maximum of 10 people. Please contact us to make your tasting room booking. See directions and contact info.
For delivery, if you’re in the local area (Waihi to Te Puke) we aim to have your order to you by the end of the next business day and orders over $200 qualify for free delivery. For more rural locations and places outside of the local area, call us (+64) 7 552 0795 and we can speak to you about delivery options and times.