Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2016 $49

Six quiet, sleepy years on from vintage, this gorgeous Gimblett Gravels-grown merlot is awake and ready to roar. With cocoa-dusted boysenberry, plum and blackcurrant characters on the nose and palate, buckets of rich spices and edged with soft, smoky, caramelised oak tones, it’s a joy to drink. The acidity is refreshing, the tannins are silky and the finish lingers for longer than is sensible. Love it!

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