Brookfields Reserve Vintage Hawke's Bay Cabernet/Merlot (2019)

Brookfields' top red is one of the most powerful, long-lived reds in Hawke's Bay. At its best, it is a thrilling wine – robust, tannin-laden, and overflowing with very rich cassis, plum and mint flavours. The grapes are sourced from the Lyons family's sloping, north-facing vineyard at Bridge Pa, and the wine is matured for a year in predominantly new French oak barriques. The youthful 2019 vintage (5*) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (75 per cent), Merlot (13 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (12 per cent.) Deeply coloured, it is sturdy, with dense, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, oak complexity, and the concentration and structure to mature well for many years. Best drinking 2025+.


Type: Red Wines
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet-predominant blends
Vintage: 2019
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $57 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

This wine is a Classic.

When to drink: 2025

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2019; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 29
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed February 2022

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