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Brookfields Reserve Vintage Cabernet Merlot

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Brookfields Reserve Vintage Cabernet Merlot

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
Brookfields' top red is one of the most powerful and 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 15 to 18 months in French oak barriques (95 to 100 per cent new). The 2009 vintage is deeply coloured, fleshy and sweet-fruited, with a youthful array of rich cassis, plum, herb, spice and nut flavours, showing notable concentration and complexity. Still unfolding, it should mature well; drink 2014+.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Brookfields' gold label' Cabernet Merlot is one of the most powerful and 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. Up to and including the 1995 vintage it was grown on a north-facing slope at Havelock North, but now the grapes are cultivated in an old riverbed in Ohiti Road, behind Roys Hill. The wine is matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (95 per cent new). The very dark 1998 vintage is based on Cabernet Sauvignon (85 per cent) with minor portions of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The bouquet is lifted and oaky, with full-on, sweet, ripe, blackcurrant aromas. Highly concentrated, with cassis, plum and liquorice fruit characters, very refined tannins and a deliciously long finish, it's more approachable in its youth than past vintages, but also a powerful wine for the long haul, and probably Brookfields' best red yet.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
Brookfields' gold label' Cabernet Merlot is one of the most powerful and 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. Up to and including the 1995 vintage it was grown on a north-facing slope at Havelock North, but now the grapes are cultivated in an old riverbed in Ohiti Road, behind Roys Hill. The wine is matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (95 per cent new). The very dark 1998 vintage is based on Cabernet Sauvignon (85 per cent) with minor portions of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The bouquet is lifted and oaky, with full-on, sweet, ripe, blackcurrant aromas. Highly concentrated, with cassis, plum and liquorice fruit characters, very refined tannins and a deliciously long finish, it's more approachable in its youth than past vintages, but also a powerful wine for the long haul, and probably Brookfields' best red yet.
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
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