Brookfields Reserve Vintage Cabernet Merlot 2020, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Nov-2022
Full, deep inky ruby-black, lighter on the rim. The nose is full and robust with aromas of leather, cured meat, cedar, an amalgam of spice entwined with plum, blackcurrant, blueberry and violet. Full-bodied, well-proportioned aromas of plum, ripe blackcurrant and blueberry intertwined with cedar, leather, cocoa, violet, cloves and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is comforting and satisfying with layers of fruit, savoury depths and a velvety fine-grained tannin framework supported by perfectly balanced, lacy acidity. This is an exceptional vintage of Cabernet Merlot with harmonious features and balance, persistent and satisfying. Match with tomahawk and braised short ribs over the next 12+ years. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, 14% alc, aged on predominantly new French oak barriques. 19.5+/20 pts (98 pts) Nov 2022 RRP $49  

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