Read Decanter's tasting notes for Mills Reef Winery, Elspeth Trust Vineyard, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay 2013, with a strong Hawke's Bay focus.
Mills Reef Winery, Elspeth Trust Vineyard, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay 2013
Decanter average score: 18.75/20pts
Mills Reef has a strong Hawke’s Bay focus with the lion’s share of its wine being produced from the Gimblett Gravels sub-region. The flagship Elspeth label is a reliable marker for anyone seeking a top Hawke’s Bay wine. Made from grapes grown in its two most prestigious vineyards, Elspeth Trust (87%) and Mere (13%), this wine is a fine expression of a great vintage and a quality-focused producer. Most New Zealand Syrah makers mature their wines in French oak barriques. Mills Reef uses 20% US oak barrels for extra complexity and accessibility. It’s built to last.
Melanie Brown 19 Delightfully charismatic purity that runs through this wine. Exceptional acid balance and oak integration, with layers of flavour that evolve on the palate to a long, attractive length.
Christine Parkinson 18.5 Piquant black fruit and sweet cola and raspberry flavours with distinct minerality. Serious, dense and long. Poised, elegant and classy.
Philip Tuck MW 18.5 Muted spice on the nose and a medium-bodied palate for Gimblett Gravels. This is a more elegant style of New Zealand Syrah that will have great appeal. Impressive length and very sensitively made.
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