Product code: NZ041
Mills Reef Reserve Syrah
Variety: Syrah
Area: Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay
Winemakers: Tim Preston & Paul Dawick
Alcohol: 13%
   
Awards:  Raymond Chan

Tasting Note: 
This fine wine was sourced from grapes grown on our Trust & Mere Road Vineyards in the renowned Gimblett Gravels, sited on prime gravel soils ideally suited to this rising-star variety. They were harvested at ideal ripeness from 27th to 29th April, averaging 22.5 brix.

The grapes were destemmed and gently crushed, cold soaked for six days and then fermented in stainless steel tanks. A eleven day post-ferment maceration followed, then skins pressed off and the wine aged for 13 months in quality oak barrels. The blend was assembled on the 21st of June, placed back to barrel with a light egg-white fining to follow before being bottled on August 27th 2010, under screwcap.

This rich and stylish Gimblett Gravels Syrah has concentrated flavours of blackcurrant, plum, boysenberry, chocolate, leather and spice. The palate is full-bodied and complex, with supple integrated tannins, finely balanced acidity and a long luscious silky finish.

Already immensely enjoyable, it will continue to flourish and reward cellaring over the medium term.

Category: New Zealand