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Brookfields 2016 Ohiti Sauvignon, Cabernet, and Valley Cabernet Merlot

05 December,2017

Peter Robertson, his wife Sharon and their family run Brookfields Vineyard in the Meeanee district of Hawke’s Bay. One of the original modern boutique wine producers in the region, Brookfields makes 8,000 to 10,000 cases of wine annually from 200 tonnes of grapes from their four regional vineyard sources of the ‘Home’ block at Meeanee, the Ohiti vineyard, and from vineyards in the Tuki Tuki and their ‘Hillside’ vineyard in Bridge Pa. The wines are differentiated into the flagship ‘Reserve’ wines which are outstanding examples of Hawke’s Bay styles, and have a dedicated following, and the more widely seen, very well-made ‘Estate’ bottlings which cover a broad range. The wines are hand-crafted and show the Robertson’s experience. Here I review the 2016 Ohiti Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the ‘Valley’ Cabernet/Merlot, the latter wine assigned for export.


Brookfields ‘Ohiti Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hints, near colourless on the edge. The nose is fresh and taut with a fine deep core of gooseberry fruit, green stonefruits, fresh herbs and minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is tight with an elegantly concentrated heart of green stonefruits, gooseberries and fresh herbs. The fruit is a little restrained in expression, and the mouthfeel is gently refreshing with light, lacy acidity. The wine flows smoothly along a fine line, leading to a light finish. This is a taut, dry Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, stonefruit, herb and mineral flavours on as fresh, smooth-flowing palate. Match with salads and vegetables, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the ‘Ohiti Estate’, cool-fermented in tank with 5% in seasoned oak to 13.0% alc. and 3.0 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Dec 2017 RRP $20.00

Brookfields ‘Ohiti Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim and youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly proportioned with good depth and intensity of ripe blackcurrant fruit with notes of cassis and dark herbs, unfolding blackberry nuances. The fruit is expressed with purity and clarity, and builds in concentration with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has deep flavours of sweetly ripe blackcurrants along with notes of cassis and dark herbs. The fruit is balanced by supple, fine-grained tannin extraction and integrated acidity. The mouthfeel is harmonious, and has good presence, and the wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish. This is a medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with clear blackcurrant and cassis flavours with cassis and herbs, on a balanced, supple palate with a good heart and fine structure. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison over the next 5-6 years. The first crop of LC10 clone fruit from the ‘Ohiti Estate’ fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins and aged in French and American oak, a small portion new. 17.5+/20 Dec 2017 RRP $20.00

Brookfields ‘Valley’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2016

Blended Red from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on edge and youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full with harmoniously interwoven aromas of blackcurrants and dark-red plums with redcurrants and fragrant herbal elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has up-front flavours of ripe blackcurrants and dark-red plum fruit with subtle notes of dark herbs, spices and nutty oak suggestions. The fruit is sweet and juicy, and balanced by fine, grainy tannin extraction, with light, lacy acidity lending freshness and lift to the mouthfeel. The wine carries easily to a light, nuanced finish. This is an up-front, supple, juicy Cabernet/Merlot blend with blackcurrant and dark plum flavours on a fine, grainy-structured palate with good freshness. Serve with barbecued and grilled lamb and beef dishes over the next 4-5+ years. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Ohiti Valley and 50% Merlot from the Tuki Tuki Valley, fermented to 14.0% alc., the Cabernet Sauvignon aged 12 months in oak and the Merlot 6 months, all seasoned barrels. 17.5/20 Dec 2017 RRP $20.00 Export Only

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