On the drive back from a swim at the Mount, I popped in to Mills Reef Winery for a look&taste. LG stubbed her toe on the way inside and sat down on the steps for a wee cry, “Daddy, see some blood!” She was mollified with lollies and a plaster from a kind staff member.
What a lovely looking property – well mown and expansive lawns around a large cellardoor and restaurant building & winery. I tried three of the Elspeth reds and their reserve chardonnay. All fruit is grown in the Hawkes Bay and I think pressed there, but juice is brought here for winemaking.
The 2009 Merlot and 2011 Syrah (both $45) were both quality wines, but the merlot tasted a bit flabby and the syrah quite light. I rushed the tasting as I had to get back for a bike race, so probably did not give them enough time & justice.
The Mills Reef Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Merlot 2010 -$$$- was wonderful however, and stood out from the rest. Rich and powerful. This will cellar well, so I bought a bottle straight for the Pool Room.
Supplementary note: Mills Reef stopped making riesling wines after 2009 (see earlier post). No more aged bargains to come from them..