Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Merlot 2009, Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
N: Piercing pure Cabernet aromas of sweet and fresh blackberry and blackberry jam, then marmite, sweet tobacco, day old black leather and chocolate soup. Sweet bell pepper and toasty, roasty oak spices. A V8 heart waiting to be unleashed.
P: Smooth and dry for about 2 seconds then a powerful and richly textured and flavorful wine is unleashed. Big, ripe fruit tannins, complex and young strong oak tannins, the Merlot kicks in with some softer red fruit expressions. A long and powerful finish with fantastic balance. Cellarability could easily reach 15 years. 94 Points.