Merlot

Mills Reef

Reserve

Merlot

Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay

2015
Winemakers: Tim Preston & Paul Dawick
Alcohol: 13.5%
Tasting Note

The grapes for this generous wine were grown exclusively in the stony soils of our Mere Road Vineyard in the prestigious Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing

District, on low yielding closely-spaced vines. After an excellent growing season where hot, dry spells with intermittent rain kept the vines in good health, we harvested the fruit in good condition on 16 April 2015 at 21.5o Brix.

The grapes were gently crushed, allowing some whole berries to remain intact,and the must transferred into a closed stainless steel tank for 4 days cold soak. Fermentation proceeded with twice daily rummaging for colour, flavourand fine tannin extraction. The resulting wine was racked twice and aged for 13 months in a mix of quality French and American 300L hogsheads (31% being new wood). The wine was fined and filtered prior to bottling in August 2016 under screwcap closure.


This delicious single vineyard Merlot sourced from premium grapes is opulent and full-bodied, with a medley of intense plum, black berry fruits and spicy
leather notes. Generously textured and layered, it is ready for immediate enjoyment, or will reward judicious cellaring.

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