Mills Reef Trust Vineyard Syrah Wins Gold in London

Mills Reef Elspeth ‘Trust Vineyard’ Syrah 2009 continues the award-winning success story of this relatively young vineyard in the famed Gimblett Gravels of Hawkes Bay, winning a highly prized Gold medal at the 2011 London International Wine Challenge.

Judges commented on the wine as "Cool pepper and mint on the palate, intense with red fruits, spice, acidity and persistence ".

Winemaker for the Trust Vineyard wines, Paddy Preston, said "a Gold medal at this show is particularly special as it’s high praise of the wine’s quality on a truly international level. It’s also extremely satisfying reward for the meticulous efforts we put into the vineyard and winemaking of these wines”. He also added that "it reinforces our belief in the potential for Gimblett Gravels Syrah to become a global benchmark for this variety”.

Trust Vineyard is a special four hectare block, planted in the perfectly suited varieties of Syrah (82%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (18%) over the winters of 2003 and 2004. Its stony free-draining soils, warm mesoclimate and a vineyard design that embraces the French philosophy of intensive planting (6300 vines per hectare) for low vine yields, ensures grapes of exceptionally high quality.

The first vintage of 2007 has gone on to receive significant critical acclaim for both wines produced, amassing six 5-star awards, three gold medals and a coveted Trophy for the Cabernet Sauvignon.

The recently released 2009 vintage wines are equally showing great promise early on, from a first class vintage and receiving 5-star reviews for both the Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, topped off by a prized Gold medal at the London International Wine Challenge.

Posted by Thomas McAuley on 24 May 2011

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