Grape Varietal: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon & 20% Merlot
Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Peter Robertson

I have had the pleasure of visiting Brookfields for nearly 3 decades. And over this time, Peter’s premium Bordeaux red blend has been an icon wine not only from Hawke’s Bay, but New Zealand. Well known and respected by those in the know for all this time, over the past decade or so, now wine enthusiasts the world over have been paying more attention and enjoying the ‘Gold Label’ Reserve Cabernet / Merlot.

 

The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit for this blend was grown at their Ohiti Estate property, and the Merlot on a north facing slope in the Tuki Tuki Valley. Both varietals were cropped at minimal levels in order to maximize the individual berry flavours. The Merlot fruit was deemed ready for harvest on the 2nd of April and the first parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon on the 28th March and the second on the 10th April. The first pick of the Cabernet Sauvignon was the new and exciting LC10 clone and it was harvested at ideal varietal ripeness.
On arrival into the winery, both varietals were tank fermented on their skins at 25 - 30°C for about 2 weeks with regular daily pump-overs. The primary juice was drained off and then the grapes were gently pressed. Only the best pressing parcels were added back to the free run juice. Malolactic fermentation was then encouraged before being transferred into new French oak barrels for 12 months maturation. Then after barrel tasting, this 2014 final blend ended up being made up of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot.
As you pour this wine into an appropriate glass, you will be greeted by an intensely dark red colour with a crimson hue. On the nose your senses will be engaged with generous black summer berries, and hints of tobacco and mint chocolate.
On the palate this blend is full and generous, showcasing dark fruits. The wine has physiologically ripe wild blackberries, well integrated oak, with tobacco leaf, mild toast and mocha chocolate underpinned with solid natural tannins and excellent palate texture and structure. This 2014 Cabernet / Merlot is the culmination of a long hot summer with an incredible amount of dedication in the vineyards and respectful winemaking. The ‘Gold Label’ is only made in ideal vintage years; the 2014 vintage is an excellent addition to the labels dynasty. This wine is full and expressive on the palate, with real character and personality which lingers on a pleasingly long finish.
This 2014 Brookfields ‘Gold Label’ Reserve Cabernet / Merlot has 14.5% Alc. Decant for 45-60 mins and serve at 16-18°C. 

A generous Hawke’s Bay Cabernet / Merlot with a refined character.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
With reasonable decanting, approachable this coming season; and well age nicely for another 10-12 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with roast beef, well-seasoned grilled prime red meats, rich pasta dishes, and earthy vegetarian cuisine, and aged, hard cheeses - enjoy.