Brookfields Reserve Vintage Cabernet Merlot 2019, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 29-Sep-2021
Full, deep ruby-red colour, lighter on edge, youthful in appearance. The wine has a rich and dense bouquet, penetrating aromas of red berries, cassis and suggestions of plums, entwined with vanilla, toast, liquorice and herbaceous notes. Full-bodied, a youthful palate filled with nuances of red berries, cassis and plums, complexed by vanilla, toast, leather and liquorice, vines along with smoky barrel nuance. The wine has an elegant appeal, contributed by quality fine-grained tannin and barrel essence, enrich and elevate the complexity and mouthfeel. Well-proportioned fruit is refined with perfect ripeness and concentration, supported by lacy acidity, lingers to a long, sustained finish. This Cabernet Merlot blend is well-made and elegantly presented with class and strength, have great potential to evolve over the years with complexity. Match with ribeye with truffle sauce and Osso Bucco over the next 12+ years. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 14% alc, aged in predominantly new oak for 1 year. Vegan friendly. 19.5-/20 pts (97 pts) Sept 2021 RRP $57

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