Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2020 $22

If there’s a range of wines that consistently, crowd-wowingly over-delivers for the money, it’s the Mills Reef Reserves. 2020 is fast being written into the stone tablets of wine bibles as being an exceptional year for Hawke’s Bay reds and this plump, plush, mouthcoatingly rich and cocoa-crammed merlot is proof of that. Laced with soft, smoky oak, pepper and alspice wound around a core of boysenberry and cherry, it’s a style also boasting refreshing acidity and silky, toast-dusted textures to finish. Outstanding.

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