Mills Reef Elspeth Cab Merlot 2016 750ml
Elspeth represents our top tier of wines produced from our own vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay. The fruit is hand-picked and only under the Elspeth label when fruit is of exceptional quality. Our winemaking team share the philosophy of a hands-on, no expense spared approach to produce these fine award winning wines. The range is limited to Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux style reds. The Elspeth tier is named in honour and memory of our winemakers Grandmother, Elspeth Preston.
This distinguished Cabernet Merlot is made from ultra-premium grapes (73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 4% CabernetFranc) grown on low-yielding vines in our Mere Road Vineyard, situated in the celebrated stony soils of the Gimblett Gravels district in Hawkes Bay. The Cabernet Sauvignon was handpicked in two parcels on 22nd April and 29th April, Merlot on 2nd April and Cabernet Franc on 15th April at an average Brix of 22.8. The grapes were destemmed, retaining whole berries, before transferring to open topfermenters as separate parcels for a 24-hour cold-soak. Selected yeasts were inoculated to initiate fermentation, and cap management commenced twice daily. A post-ferment maceration regime over 14 days optimised the tannin structure prior to pressing off skins. The wine was then transferred to quality French hogsheads (37% was new wood) for 17 months aging. This superior wine is a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot crafted from ultra-premium grapes grown on our Mere Road vineyard in the famed Gimblett Gravels. Medium to full bodied, it bursts with notes of black fruits, plum,chocolate, and liquorice intertwined with beautifully refined tannins, yielding a distinguished silky smooth wine.