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2009 Mills Reef Reserve Merlot Malbec – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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Mills Reef is a New Zealand winery that is bringing a lot of quality to price ratio to the table. This 2009 Merlot Malbec wine is very tasty and an excellent wine for its price of $20. The winery was founded in 1989 by the Preston family and have quickly become a good, premium brand within that country and now abroad.

Technical Data:

  • Wine Acidity: 5.48 g/l
  • Grape Variety: Merlot Malbec Wine
  • pH: 3.58
  • Growing Area: Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay
  • Winemaker: Tim Preston & Paul Dawick CartonBrix at Harvest: 23.92 average
  • Lot Number: L0245
  • Juice Acidity: 5.6 g/l
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Price: $20

Nose: Dark plums, currant, allspice, boysenberry, charred violet and chocolate.

Taste: This is a beautiful, dark, inky Malbec that layers the palate with black fruits all day long. The mid palate introduces notes of the black currant, bramble, dark chocolate and a hint of tobacco. Excellent, lingering finisht which hangs out for hours.

W.E.P. Rating: 110%

  • Cassandra

    Sounds delish.  mm.