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WineNZ Mag Nov 2011: Elspeth Merlot 2009 #1 Full Bodied Reds Tasting Over $30 Retail

The Mills Reef Elspeth tier is once again in the spotlight with a recent accolade from WineNZ Magazine. This time it was the single variety Merlot impressing the judges more than any other wine in the ‘Full-Bodied Red, over $30’ category.

Elspeth wines are the most elite produced by Mills Reef Winery. The grapes are sourced exclusively from vvineyards in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay. The fruit is exceptional quality and hand-picked to ensure the gentlest of handling. The winemaking team then employ a hands-on, precision approach to produce the finest possible wines.

The Elspeth Merlot 2009 is described as a dark, opulent and luscious red exuding intense plum and blackberry fruits, leather, cigar box, liquorice and dried leaf notes. The palate is richly textured with beautifully integrated tannins, quality oak seasoning, fine acidity and a lingering satisfying finish. Highly enjoyable now, it also shows magnificent aging potential.

Posted by Thomas McAuley on 11 Nov 2011

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