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  • Strikingly complex & elegant, direct from the Gimblett Gravels.
  • Hand picked from their infamous Mere Rd vineyard.
  • The top tier range of wines with no expense spared in its creation.

Tasting Notes

Colour Pale Lemon
Nose Tropical peach and nectarine notes interwoven with an influence of wild yeast character
Palate Lovely intensity, complexity and balance. Bursting with ripe tropical and stone fruits, hints of cashew, honey and toasty oak seasoning. Delightfully rich and creamy.
Food Pairing Chicken pasta alfredo.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes Mills Reef's flagship vineyard is the multi award winning Mere Road, which constantly produces excellent wines.. The fruit was hand picked in March, whole punch pressed and then 25% of the wine was aged in French oak for 10 months on lies with constant stirring.
Variety Chardonnay
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Gimblett Gravels
Country New Zealand
Sustainability Sustainable
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Mills Reef
Mills Reef Winery was established in 1989 by the Preston family. Through commitment and dedication to excellence, Mills Reef has established itself as one of New Zealand's premium wine brands with a particular reputation for outstanding Bordeaux varietal reds and Syrah from the Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay.
Gimblett Gravels
Gimblett Gravels is one of the only wine-growing zones in the New World defined solely by soil type. This was made possible when the Ngaruroro River changed its course in 1867 as a result of a major flood. Where the river previously flowed through the Omahu channel, vines are now planted in low-fertility stony/gravelly soils (with various pockets of sandstone, silt and clay) that benefit from extremely good drainage.

The region combines the French concept of terroir with modern day thinking to define, protect and market wine. In what is believed to be a first for winegrowers in the New World - wine growing countries outside Europe - Gimblett Gravels is basing the ultimate designation of their district according to a tightly specified soil type.
Cameron Douglas MS
Bold, rich, expressive, fruity, oaky and appealing with great aromatics. Dry, full-bodied and richly textured Chardonnay with many appealing flavours of roasted yellow stone fruits then vanilla, lees derived textures and wood spices. Complex and flavourful with ripe fruit, fine wood tannins and long finish. Drink now and through 2022.


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