Brookfields Reserve Vintage Cabernet Merlot 2021, Hawke’s Bay

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 16-Jan-2024
Deep ruby-red with a purple hue, even colour throughout. The nose is elegantly expressed with aromas of black plum, blackcurrant, tobacco leaf, leather and an amalgam of spice. Full-bodied, black plum and blackcurrant aromas are vibrant and just right, unfolding tobacco leaf, leather, clove and nutmeg. Fine-grained, firm tannins structure the creamy palate; perfectly balanced acidity enlivens and renders vitality and an extended finish. This Cabernet Merlot is well-structured and elegant, with perfect balance and vitality. Match with Tomahawk and braised Wagyu short ribs over the next 15 years. A blend of 60% cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, aged in predominantly new French oak barriques for one year. 19.5/20 pts (97 pts) Jan 2024 RRP $65  

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