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2016 Mills Reef Winery Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay
SRP: $37.8 Bottle / $226.8 case of 6
1-55 Cases Landed Profit Margin: 1.75%
56+ Cases Landed Profit Margin: 6.60%
FOB Profit Margin: 18.54%
This distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon is made from ultra-premium grapes grown on twenty-one year old vines in our Mere Road Vineyard, located in the celebrated stony Gimblett Gravels district of Hawke’s Bay. The grapes were handpicked at ideal physiological ripeness and balance on 22nd and 29th April 2016 at 22.4° Brix. The fruit was destemmed, retaining whole berries which were cold-soaked for 24-hours. Sixty-one percent was allowed wild fermentation, the balance inoculated with selected yeast. The cap was plunged twice daily throughout ferment, until dry. The wine was macerated on its skins for a further 14 days, then pressed to barrel and aged for 17 months in quality oak - 90% French, 10% American oak, 48% being new wood, with one gentle aerated racking. The wine was egg white fined, followed by a pad filtration prior to bottling under screwcap on 23rd November 2017. This opulent Cabernet Sauvignon, with its dark brooding presence, exudes distinctive blackcurrant character, laced with aniseed and mocha. Silky smooth tannins and ageing in quality oak contribute poise, structure and length. A distinguished wine, it is eminently enjoyable now or to greatly reward cellaring. HARVEST DATE 22nd & 29th April 2016 WINEMAKER Tim Preston & Paul Dawick WINE ANALYSIS BRIX AT HARVEST 22.4° brix avg JUICE ACIDITY 6.27 g/L average WINE ACIDITY 5.18 g/L WINE pH 3.65 ALCOHOL 13 % THE ELSPETH RANGE Elspeth represents our top tier of wines produced from our own vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay. The fruit is hand-picked and only under the Elspeth label when fruit is of exceptional quality. Our wine making team share the philosophy of a hands-on, no expense spared approach to produce these fine award winning wines. The range is limited to chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux style reds.
Fanciful Name: Elspeth
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region/AVA: Gimblett Gravels
Annual Production: 1470
Country Of Origin: New Zealand
Bottle Size: 750
Bottles Per Case: 6
Closure Type: Screw Cap