Mills Reef 'Elspeth' Merlot Gimblet Gravels Hawke's Bay 2010 14%
N: Another classic Hawke's Bay Gimblett Gravels expression and another familiar Mills Reef wine. Lifted and forward dark red fruits centred around plums and wild black fruit notes. Plenty of oak, vanillin centred, toasty and quite expressive.
P: Dry with flavors that suggest plums and black fruits - lots of varietal expression, some lush notes, lots of berries, judicious use of oak showing some distinct and elegant notes. Medium+ complexity. I really like this wine - balanced, long and memorable.