Mills Reef Winery Estate Merlot Cabernet Hawkes Bay 2015
Attractive bouquet with aromas of plum and black currant then black currant then brown spices of oak, some toasty wood tones and light violet moments. On the palate – dry, a mix of ripe and tart fruit sensations with cherry, plum and blackberry flavours, medium+ acidity and moderate oak with moderate tannins and length. A balanced and well-made wine overall. Drink now and through 2022.
Mills Reef Winery Reserve Merlot Malbec Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay 2015
Very attractive red wine bouquet with aromas of clove, vanilla and brown spice laced dark berry fruits; chocolate and coffee bean tones with black cherry and a hint of violet. On the palate – tense, fruity and dry with flavours that reflect the nose, dark cherry, plum and mulberry; medium+ tannins with a chalky to fine texture, youthful with medium+ acidity; balanced and well made with a lengthy finish. Lovely on its own or with food. Drink now if decanted or from late 2018 through 2026.