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Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2016

$49.95$284.72

Elspeth represents our top tier of wines produced from exceptional Hawkes Bay sites, focused on the Gimblett Gravels District for red wines and the Riverview District for Chardonnay. The fruit is hand-picked and only under the Elspeth label when of exceptional quality. Our winemaking team share the philosophy of a hands-on, no expense spared approach to produce these fine award winning wines. The range is limited to Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux style reds.

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This superior wine is a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot crafted from ultra-premium grapes grown on our Mere Road vineyard in the famed Gimblett Gravels. Full bodied, it bursts with notes of black fruits, blueberry, plum, chocolate, and cassis on a bed of lovely refined tannins, yielding a distinguished and silky smooth wine.

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Description

Elspeth represents our top tier of wines produced from exceptional Hawkes Bay sites, focused on the Gimblett Gravels District for red wines and the Riverview District for Chardonnay. The fruit is hand-picked and only under the Elspeth label when of exceptional quality. Our winemaking team share the philosophy of a hands-on, no expense spared approach to produce these fine award winning wines. The range is limited to Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux style reds.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Amount

Single Bottle, Case (6 Bottles)

Wine Review

Aromas of ripe berries, plum, oak spices, tertiary aromas of cigar box and forest floor with hints of chocolate and smoke. It’s so good that saying it’s delicious doesn’t do it justice. The aromas continue onto the palate and are lightened by a touch of acidity and joined by dusty tannins. This wine has a moreish finish that makes you want to take another sip. Delicious!

Angie Atkinson

Food Pairings

Vineyards and Winemaking

This distinguished Cabernet Merlot is made from ultra-premium grapes (73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc) grown on low-yielding vines in our Mere Road Vineyard, situated in the celebrated stony soils of the Gimblett Gravels district in Hawkes Bay.

The Cabernet Sauvignon was handpicked in two parcels on 22nd April and 29th April, Merlot on 2nd April and Cabernet Franc on 15th April at an average Brix of 22.8. The grapes were destemmed, retaining whole berries, before transferring to open top fermenters as separate parcels for a 24-hour cold-soak.

Selected yeasts were inoculated to initiate fermentation, and cap management commenced twice daily. A post-ferment maceration regime over 14 days optimised the tannin structure prior to pressing off skins. The wine was then transferred to quality French hogsheads (37% was new wood) for 17 months aging. The wine was judiciously blended, lightly fined with egg white and pad filtered prior to bottling on 24 November 2017 under Stelvin screwcap.

Leveret and Mills Reef Winery

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