4.5 STARS | Angie Atkinson, The Wine Writer
Sitting between the Estate and Elspeth ranges, the Mills Reef Reserve range offers wines that punch well above their weight in terms of flavour and value. Vinted from a blend of 79% Merlot and 21% Malbec from the Gimblett Gravels sub region, this is a sublime reserve-level wine from the sensational 2019 vintage. Characteristic dark berry flavours are there in force and backed up by underlying spice. Excellent buying.
The winery writes "Immediately warm and appetising, this deliciously harmonious blend of two classical Bordeaux varieties showcases boysenberry and plum fruits, complemented with spicy leather, earthy musky violets and silky smooth tannins. An excellent choice with lamb or pork dishes. Ready for immediate enjoyment or to reward cellaring."
Angie Atkinson, The Wine Writer writes "A blend of 79% Merlot and 21% Malbec from the Gimblett Gravels. Fermented in stainless steel with gentle cap management and aged in oak barrels which included 30% new French oak. Deep ruby with a purple hue. The aromas on this wine are incredibly interesting, a blend of dark and red fruits, layers of oak derived and baking spices and a dash of cassis. The palate is bursting with ripe fruit, the spice hits next along with a splash of acidity and delicate, grainy tannins. Drink now or in the next 3-4 years, perfect with antipasto boards or roast lamb"