Mills Reef Winery has announced the inaugural release of its icon wine range, comprising two very special limited-edition wines.

In keeping with the family tradition, the icon range is named in honour of Arthur Edmund, husband to Elspeth, whose name has long-adorned and signified Mills Reef’s ultra-premium range of wines.

“Arthur Edmund, my grandfather, was a pioneer and visionary, that same spirit is likewise echoed in these special wines, hence we felt it was a fitting tribute to name them in his honour, and to accompany the fine wines named in honour of his wife and my grandmother, Elspeth,” said Mills Reef co-founder and chief winemaker, Tim Preston.

The two inaugural prestige wines are a 2013 Cabernet Merlot blend, and a 2013 Syrah, grown in the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District of Hawkes Bay.

“The winemaking was purposely very hands-off, with minimal disturbance, allowing the wines to fully express their vineyard site and the growing season, to obtain the purest expression possible,” Preston explained.