Brookfields ‘Reserve Vintage’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2016

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Oct-2018
Full, dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, near impenetrable at the heart, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is very taut and initially shy in expression, but seamlessly unfolds to show integrated aromas of soft blackberries and blackcurrants, nuances of plum, dark herbs with mint, and complexing pencilly oak. The aromatics unfold in detail with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with finely concentrated and packed flavours of ripe blackcurrants with blackberry and plum notes along with subtle herb nuances. Fine, pencilly oak adds a layer of interest. The fruit is underlined by plenty of fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction providing an elegant, stylish core with integrated acidity. The wine carries to a sustained finish of blackcurrants, plums and herbs. This is an elegantly proportioned and finely concentrated Cabernet/Merlot with black berry fruits and plums with herb and pencilly oak interest on a very fine-grained palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8+ years. The ‘Gold Label’ wine. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon clone LC10 from the ‘Ohiti Estate’ and 15% Merlot clone 481 from the Tuki Tuki Valley, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in predominantly new French oak. 18.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $55.00

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