FEATURE Wines
Reserve Cabernet Merlot
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay 2012 RRP: $25
WINTER SPECIAL ONLY $20
Mills Reef Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough 2013 WINTER SPECIAL ONLY $13.99
Elspeth Chardonnay
Hawkes Bay 2013

4.5 Stars- Cameron Douglas MS

Mills Reef Winery & Restaurant

Mills Reef Winery was established in 1989 by the Preston family. Through commitment and dedication to excellence, the Mills Reef brand has established itself as one of New Zealand's premium labels with a particular reputation for outstanding Bordeaux varietal reds and Syrah.

The winery is located on 20 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in a semi-rural setting, just 5 minutes drive from Tauranga's CBD. The complex boasts full winemaking and bottling facilities, two underground barrel cellars, an aged wine cellar, and spacious wine tasting areas. An award winning 150 seat restaurant completes the picture, providing a wonderful ambience for a-la-carte dining, weddings, functions and conferences.

UNMISTAKABLE Quality

Mills Reef Wines are produced from superior grapes grown in the Hawkes Bay region, they are hand crafted by our winemaking team in Tauranga, New Zealand, employing 100% sustainable practices throughout the winemaking process, from vine to glass. Our wines are produced under three ranges, each with their own winemaking philosophy and stylistic bent... READ MORE on our WINES

Discover Experience Enjoy

Mills Reef's art-deco style restaurant is purpose designed for dining in an ambience which compliments fine wine and cuisine. The restaurant offers relaxed outdoor dining on glorious sunny Bay Of Plenty days. The award-winning cuisine is best described as Antipodean/Pacific-rim style, blending the best of local produce and latest culinary innovations... READ MORE on the Restaurant

A Destination for your occasion

Mills Reef has many facilities to accommodate your special event or function. Whether you require a memorable venue for your special day, a conference venue or function room with a difference, Mills Reef can cater for your every requirement. A more quality venue so close to the city centre would be difficult to find. READ MORE on Weddings | CONFERENCES | FUNCTIONS

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Great Reviews By Cameron Douglas MS

Mills Reef Winery 'Elspeth' Chardonnay Hawke's Bay 2013   Bold, rich and powerful bouquet with a very sweet vanillin, spices and roasted fruits, brazil nut and cashew complexity; suggestions of butterscotch, caramel and even popcorn come to mind as well.  On the palate  - very dry, and as powerful as the nose suggests - baked and roasted fruits, some zesty citrus peel appeal; noticeable oak spices and flavors with new oak, vanilla, caramel and baked custard flavors. Balanced with medium+ length and a richly flavored finish.  Drink now and through 2016.  4.5 Stars   Mills Reef Winery Reserve Chardonnay Hawke's Bay 2013   Lots of oak and oak spice laden stone fruit aromas with roasted peach and nectarine, yellow apple and baked pear; there's also a nuttiness from the oak that is appealing and adds complexity; medium+ complexity overall and a bouquet that Chardonnay fans will identify with a lot.  On the palate - dry, creamy, oaky and rich with flavors that reflect the nose; lots of oak spice laden apple and lemon; baked and roasted stone fruits. After a while the flavor of creme brulee emerges adding further complexity and depth; that nutty note comes back; balanced with a long(ish) finish and medium+ complexity. Drink now and through 2015.  4 Stars Mills Reef Reserve Merlot Malbec Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay 2012   Ripe, sweet and instensley fruity red and black fruits centering on dark cherry and plums with wild raspberry then brown spices of oak; moderate+ complexity, youthful and fresh.  On the palate - dry yet very fruity with flavors of tart and fresh black cherry, poached and fresh plums, wild raspberry and a little blackberry; The moderate alcohol works really well in this example; medium+ acidity and tannins with the tannins firm and youthful; medium+ length and a taut focused finish.  Delicious!  4.5 Stars   Mills Reef reserve Syrah Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay 2012   Lots of varietal signature in the bouquet with dark, slightly broody red fruits of dark berries and wild raspberry, almost burnt raspberry; violets, a little dried herb and plenty - but not too much - oak spices then suggestions of a little black forest chocolate; medium+ complexity.  On the palate - dry and quite fruity and complex with the flavors of dark forest berries dipped in a little milk chocolate; savory broody notes with wild berries and oak spices; medium+ acidity, medium+ tannins; long finish; very well made example.  5 Stars                  27 May '14
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Mills Reef Reserve Chardonnay- Reccomended by Cuisine Magazine

Our Reserve Chardonnay has been recommended by Cuisine Magazine. This New Release will get even better, here's what Cuisine had to say: Thereís no shortage of oak in this version, as its rich, cedary aromas declare. Intense, fleshy fruit fills the mouth, orange-peel notes mingling with spice and vanilla. Itís a classic, bold style which would pair well with creamy bacon and mushroom fettuccine. Buy now via our online shop click here     12 May '14