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Wines for Winter Nights

 

Wines for Winter Nights

Cozy up at the bach, pull on the knitwear, light a fire and pour yourself a glass of wine that warms your soul.

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.

Our Cellar Door in Katikati, is open seven days a week from 9:30 AM to 5 PM or simply order online.
 


 

Must-try new releases

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2020

A rich full-bodied wine, this traditional blend exudes intense blackcurrant, blackberry and plum flavours, layered with mocha, cassis and spicy cedary oak. Ageing in quality oak has conferred a velvety smooth texture, providing the blend with great structure and length.
SHOP Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2020
 

Our Chief Winemaker, Paul Dawick, suggests serving this rich wine with something off the BBQ, although he’s partial to opting for the warming spices of a Moroccan lamb loin with a tabbouleh salad on the side.


Leveret Estate Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2022

It’s pale pink in colour with aromas of red fruits, watermelon and rose petals. The palate is dry with a hint of spice.
SHOP Leveret Estate Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2022
 

“In the middle of winter rosé is not always front of mind, however, this versatile tipple covers all the bases to satisfy the palate on those cold winter evenings. Our latest release gives you strawberries and cream, with red melon and rose hip scents flowing into a lush, fresh palate with a satin smooth texture. Although it pairs well with a range of cuisines, I would recommend serving it with a platter of soft cheeses or a seafood pizza.” – Cam Duke, Katikati Winemaker

 


 

High Scores at the 2020 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection

Since 2008, a range of twelve red wines have been independently selected to represent Gimblett Gravels. Members are invited to submit wines for consideration and these are then blind tasted by an independent selector of standing.

This year, 42 wines were blind tasted by Andrew Caillard MW, who rated and provided tasting notes for each wine, and although we didn’t rank in the coveted top twelve this year, we’re still thrilled to receive very high ratings for three of our Mills Reef wines.

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2020

95 points

Medium deep crimson. Very attractive inky blackcurrant, dark plum aromas with hints of dark chocolate/cedar. Fresh pure juicy blackcurrant, dark plum mulberry fruits, fine slinky/gravelly textures and some cedar notes. Finishes claret firm with a lovely tannin plume.

SHOP ➤ Mills Reef Gimblett Gravels Reserve Merlot 2020

Mills Reef Reserve Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2020

94 points

Deep crimson. Complex blackberry, wax polish, cedar aromas. Richly concentrated blackberry, praline fruits with marzipan, cedar notes, fine graphite tannins and fresh long mineral acidity, Finishes al-dente firm with chinotto notes.

2020 vintage coming soon

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2020

88 points

Medium deep crimson. Fresh red plum, mulberry, herb garden aromas with savoury notes. Medium concentrated wine with red plum, cranberry fruits, fine chalky, hint sappy tannins and toasty oak elements. Finishes sinewy firm with plentiful red fruits.

SHOP ➤ Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2020 

 


 

Stock up, your friends will thank you

Our award-winning Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018 couldn’t be more perfect for lingering at the table on stormy nights.

It’s pale pink in colour with aromas of red fruits, watermelon and rose petals. The palate is dry with a hint of spice.
SHOP Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018
 

94 POINTS, 5 STARS

“Complex and enticing with blackberry, vanillin oak, violet and toasted spice notes, it’s concentrated and generous with fleshy texture and plenty of fine-grained tannins. Beautifully layered with ripe fruit intensity and spicy/savoury nuances, it’s engaging and deliciously long.” – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

 


 

Monthly Giveaway Winners

We’ve started 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.

If you receive our newsletters you’re automatically entered – make sure to open them to see if you’re a winner! To sign up or if you’d like to spread the love then simply send this link on to friends and family you think might also enjoy something crafted by our expert winemakers: sign up for our monthly newsletters.

 


 

With Us, You’re Buying Local

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!

We are open 9:30 AM to 5:00 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.