MILLS REEF RESERVE MERLOT 2016

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Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"The grapes for this generous wine were grown in the stony soils in the prestigious Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District, on low yielding closely-spaced vines. The 2016 growing season experienced a very warm summer and early autumn, which led to a record Grower Degree Days for that period, with welcome intermittent rain. Despite predictions for a later harvest, these conditions proved perfect for ripening, and the fruit was picked in early April, consistent for this variety. We harvested the fruit in good condition on 6th and 7th April at 22.2o Brix. 

The grapes were gently crushed, allowing some whole berries to remain intact, and the must transferred into a closed stainless steel tank for 4 days cold soak. Fermentation proceeded with twice daily rummaging for colour, flavour and fine tannin extraction. The resulting wine was racked once and aged for 12 months in a mix of quality French and American300L hogsheads (29% being new wood). The wine was fined and filtered prior to bottling in June 2017 under screwcap closure. 

This delicious single vineyard Merlot sourced from premium grapes is opulent and full-bodied, with a medley of juicy ripe plum, black berry fruits and spicy leather notes. Generously textured and layered, it is ready for immediate enjoyment, or will reward judicious cellaring."


5 Stars & 18.5-/20 Raymond Chan, November 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter edged, and very youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full with ripe, dark-red and plum fruit along with redcurrant nuances and a harmonious layering of iron-earth minerals, with sweet and spicy aromatic oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and lusciously sweet fruit flavours of dark-red plum fruit melded with iron-earth and spicy oak flavours. The palate is harmonious and balanced with soft, fine-grained tannin extraction and integrated acidity. The wine has fine depth and concentration, and flows smoothly to a long, lingering finish of plums and spicy oak. This is a softly rich and lush, dark plummy-fruited Merlot with sweet and spicy oak flavours on a supple, harmonious palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes, and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented with a portion of whole berries to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 29% new French and American oak 300 L hogsheads."


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