Brookfields ‘Reserve Vintage’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 17-Oct-2016
Dark, deep, black-red colour with slight purple hues on the rim. The nose is fine in proportion with youthfully primary fruit aromas of ripe blackberries and blackcurrants unfolding layers of plum, dark herbs and cassis, along with fragrant redcurrant notes and fine, aromatic, pencilly oak. Medium-full bodied, rich, juicy and lusciously sweet fruit flavours of ripe blackberries and blackcurrants show with dark herbs and pencilly oak. The fruit is supported by considerable tannin extraction and structure with fine-grained powdery textures that allow the fruit sweetness to prevail. The acidity is balanced and adds to the fruit richness and freshness. As the wine flows, spicy, nutty and pencilly oak notes emerge to add a degree of decadence. The structure carries the wine to a sustained, rich and sweet-fruited, textural finish. This is a rich-fruited Cabernet/Merlot blend with sweet primary blackberry and blackcurranty fruit and plenty of structure and new oak. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison over the next 10+ years. Better known as the ‘Gold Label’, this is the Brookfields’ flagship. A blend of 80% clone LC10 Cabernet Sauvignon from the ‘Ohiti’ estate and 20% clone 481 Merlot from the Tuki Tuki valley, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine a year in predominantly new French oak barrels. 19.0-/20 Oct 2016 RRP $60.00

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