Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2021 $25

One thing will become super-obvious when inhaling the scent of this Bordeaux blend from Hawke’s Bay’s famous Gimblett Gravels region. Meatiness. It’s rich, savoury and roaring with roasting pan juices on the nose. Combine that with dark blueberry, plum, pepper and bay leaf layers, black olive complexity, elastic tannins and a soft, sandy, fleshy finish and you’ve got warming, satisfying red.

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