Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Mills Reef

Elspeth

Cabernet Sauvignon

Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay

2013
Winemakers: Tim Preston & Paul Dawick
Alcohol: 13.3%
AWARDS
Raymond Chan 2015 Raymond Chan 2015
5 STARS
Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide 2017 Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide 2017
5 STARS
Bob Campbell 2015 Bob Campbell 2015
5 STARS (97 points)
Sam Kim 2015 Sam Kim 2015
5 stars (97 points)
Gimblett Gravels Selection 2015 Gimblett Gravels Selection 2015
95 points (AVS)
Geoff Kelly 2015 Geoff Kelly 2015
5 STARS
Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015
TROPHY
Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015
GOLD
WineNZ Magazine 2015 WineNZ Magazine 2015
5 STARS
Cameron Douglas 2015 Cameron Douglas 2015
97 points
Tasting Note

This distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon was made from ultra-premium grapes grown on eighteen year old vines in our Mere Road Vineyard, located in the celebrated stony Gimblett Gravels district of Hawke’s Bay. The grapes were handpicked at ideal physiological ripeness and balance on 27th April at 23.4° Brix.

The fruit was destemmed, retaining whole berries which were cold-soaked for two days then inoculated with selected yeast. The cap was plunged twice daily throughout ferment, until dry. The wine was macerated on its skins for a further 15 days, then pressed to barrel and aged for 16 months in quality 80% French 20% American oak (of which 43% was new wood) with one gentle aerated racking. The wine was egg white fined, followed by a pad filtration prior to bottling under screwcap on 12th November 2013.

This opulent Cabernet Sauvignon, with its dark brooding presence, exudes distinctive blackcurrant and dark cherry characters, laced with aniseed, mint and mocha. Silky smooth tannins and ageing in quality oak contribute magnificent structure and length. A highly distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon, it is ready for immediate enjoyment, or to greatly reward cellaring.

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