Merlot MalbecMerlot Malbec

Mills Reef

Reserve

Merlot Malbec

Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay

2017
Winemakers: Tim Preston & Paul Dawick
Alcohol: 13.0%
Tasting Note

This fine wine is an appealing blend of the classic Bordeaux varieties, Merlot (53%), Malbec (45%) and a smattering of Cabernet Franc (2%).  Grapes were grown in the highly acclaimed Gimblett Gravels wine growing region, and were harvested in optimum condition on 31 March 2017 at 20 Brix average. 

The grapes were gently crushed, cold soaked for two days and fermented in stainless steel tanks, with twice-daily cap management to extract colour, flavour and fine tannin structure.  A post-ferment maceration followed over thirteen days.  The skins were then pressed off and the wine aged for thirteen months in quality oak barrels (61% French, 37% American, and 2% Hungarian). The wine was racked once during aging and the blend was composed on 2 July 2018.  The wine was lightly fined with egg-white before being bottled on 24th July 2018, under screwcap.

Immediately warm and appetising, this deliciously harmonious blend of two classical Bordeaux varieties showcases boysenberry fruit enveloped in soft caramel flavours, complemented with spicy leather and earthy musky violets.  An excellent choice with lamb or pork dishes. Ready for immediate enjoyment or to reward cellaring.

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