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Mills Reef Estate Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2021

$19.99$215.89 inc GST

This fine Merlot Cabernet blend has lovely blackcurrant and plum aromas and flavours underlined with toasty oak. Complemented with subtle liquorice, leather and velvety tannins, this full-bodied wine has a long lingering finish. Matured with quality French oak for twelve months, it is approachable and will be a perfect accompaniment with a chargrilled steak and caramelised roast vegetables.

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Estate wines are made in a soft rounded style with an emphasis on natural fruit character and earlier approach-ability, for everyday enjoyment.

They represent great value for money. The wines within this range have been crafted in such a way that you can purchase and then open them immediately for your enjoyment.

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Single Bottle, Case (12 Bottles)

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    Matured with quality French oak for twelve months, it is approachable and will be a perfect accompaniment with a chargrilled steak and caramelised roast vegetables.

    Vineyards and Winemaking

    The grapes for this beautifully crafted blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were selected from our superior Bridge Pa vineyard with a mix of alluvial and clay soils.
    The 2021 growing season experienced a coolish spring followed by a long dry summer. These conditions proved perfect for ripening and, without the pressure of rainfall, harvesting was able to be done when the fruit was in its premium condition. The Merlot was harvested from 23rd-26th March, with the Cabernet on the 12th of April.
    Each parcel was individually fermented in stainless steel tanks for enhanced colour and flavour extraction with specifically selected yeasts. After an extended 10 days skin contact post ferment the batches were aged in 25% new French oak. The final blend was composed on the 27th of April - 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Bottling took place on the 24th of November 2023, under screwcap closure.