Mills Reef Reserve Hawke's Bay Merlot/Malbec (NV)

Past vintages were labelled as of Gimblett Gravels origin, but not the characterful 2019 (4*). A blend of Merlot (61 per cent) and Malbec (39 per cent), French oak-aged (35 per cent new), it is full-coloured, fresh and mouthfilling, with generous, ripe berry, plum and spice flavours, oak complexity and smooth tannins. Best drinking 2023+.


Type: Red Wines
Variety: Merlot
Vintage: NV
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★ – 4 Stars
Price: $25 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

When to drink: 2023

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2019; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed March 2022

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