Mills Reef Reserve Merlot Malbec Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay 2011 13.5%
N: Plums – dark and darker; some blackberry fruit suggestions, plenty of oak and its associated spices; a touch of stewed plum, red flowers and violets, and cloves add complexity.
P: Dry and firm tannins followed by flavours of plum and blackberry fruits. Oak and toasty oak brown spices add complexity. A very young wine on the palate – will require 2 years + in the cellar or appropriate decanting or food. Moderate finish; well made.