Brookfields Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 13-Aug-2020
Deep, dark red ink, lighter on edge with a rich purple hue. The bouquet is powerfully full with aromas of cassis, blackberries, plums, along with leather, herbaceous vine leaves and spices. Full-bodied, a concentrated core of fruit, cassis, blackberries and plums, along with herbs, vine leaves, melded with leather and oak element. The fruit flavours are bright and lively with good concentration. Complexing leather and oak element unveiling cedar and herbaceous notes as it aerated, interweaved with smooth, fine-grained tannin extraction. Lacy acidity is well-balanced, contributed to the harmonious integration and liveliness. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with complexing flavours, balanced acidity and elegant structure, worthy of cellaring. Serve decanted with beef tomahawk over the next 8-10 years. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon from Ohiti Estate, 15% Merlot from the Tuki Tuki Valley and 5% Cabernet Franc from Ohiti Estate. Tank fermented to 14% alc, pressed off free-run juice, added the best pressings to the blend then aged in new French oak barrels. 19/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $57  

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