Mills Reef Elspeth Reds 'strike' Gold at London.

Mills Reef’s flagship Elspeth red wines have long enjoyed a reputation for world-class quality, endorsed by independent critics and wine shows alike.

Their latest accolades come in the form of two highly prized GOLD medals at the prestigious International Wine Challenge in London, arguably the world’s largest and most influential wine show.

The GOLD-awarded Mills Reef wines were 2010 Elspeth Syrah and 2010 Elspeth Merlot, representing half of the four Golds awarded to red wines entered by Hawkes Bay producers.

Mills Reef General Manager, Nick Aleksich, says of the just announced medals "It’s a fantastic result for us on the world stage, of which we’re extremely proud, and endorses our view of 2010 as an outstanding vintage.”

Chief Winemaker, Tim Preston, commented that "It’s always an absolute thrill to receive such recognition at this show. Our first IWC Gold was in 1997 for Elspeth Cabernet Merlot ‘95, and the sense of excitement in receiving these latest Golds is every bit as much as it was back then”.

He further added "These Golds give a tremendous sense of achievement, and importantly are an independent benchmark to affirm the high standing of our wines at a truly international level”.

Mills Reef’s Elspeth Syrah is no stranger to fame, being rated as one of NZ’s finest examples. It enjoys the enviable designation of "Classic NZ Wine”, bestowed by leading NZ wine writer Michael Cooper only after a wine and its vineyard site has demonstrated consistently excellent quality over successive vintages.

Mills Reef Elspeth Merlot is also a star in its own right, with numerous gold medals and five star reviews over the last decade, including the 2009 vintage recently being awarded ‘Top NZ Full Bodied Red Of Tasting’ by a leading NZ wine publication.

The IWC Gold medal-winning Elspeth wines were handcrafted from grapes grown in the winery’s Mere Road Vineyard, located within the renowned Gimblett Gravels which comprises 800 hectares of deep free-draining gravel soils and a warm maritime climate, an area rapidly garnering an international reputation for elite Bordeaux-varietal reds and Syrah.

Mills Reef also received three further medals at the International Wine Challenge, rounding out a showing that they described as "extremely gratifying”.
Posted on 24 May 2012

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