Mills Reef Releases 2009 ‘Elspeth’ Super-Premium Reds

06-May-2011
The 2009 vintage in Hawke's Bay is being recognised as one of the greats, for the Bordeaux varietals as well as Syrah. Two reds, a Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, from the Preston family of Mills Reef are the forerunners of the super-premium 2009 ‘Elspeth' releases, and they preview the expected quality of the rest of the range. The ‘Mere Road' and ‘Trust' vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels are the flagship sites, and the wines from them are Mills Reek's best. The ‘Mere Road' site is 16 ha in size and is situated at the river end to the west, whereas the ‘Trust' vineyard is on the corner of S.H.50 and Mere Road, and measures 4 ha. I preview the preview with a wine from the excellent value ‘Reserve' range. www.millsreef.co.nz

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