Wine of the Week NZ

Mills Reef Elspeth Merlot 2016, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $49.95

Ripe, moderately concentrated and pleasingly fleshy Merlot with dark-fleshed plum, berry and smoky oak flavours. A smooth-textured wine that’s deliciously drinkable now but with the potential to develop well. (Screwcap)

Score: 94 ★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 12.5%

Ageing: now to 2023

Food: Pork belly, new season sweetcorn, green grapes, almond and red wine jus

Stockists: Mills Reef Wines (AU & NZ); Glengarry Wines, Auckland; Moore Wilson, Wellington; Primo Vino, Hamilton (NZ)

Winery Rating: 91.0 Weighted average of their top 5 recently tasted wines

Price Rating Map & Vintage Chart: How the wine fits in the winery’s range?

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