The 2004 Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon, highlights the quality of the fruit that is produced from sixty-six year old vines, planted on their own roots in ironstone gravel. An inky wine, crimson in color. A classy perfumed aristocratic nose of pure Cabernet Sauvignon. Extraordinary aromas of black currents and high quality French oak scented bouquet. Elegant flavors of black fruits, smoky herbs, eucalyptus and vanilla.
Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are from vines planted in 1940 on their original rootstock. The unusually dry growing season resulted in even smaller yields than normal, under two tons per acre. All of the vines are dry-farmed and hand pruned. Picking took place over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit. Grapes were hand picked in order to allow for whole berry fermentation. This process allows us to better retain the grape's varietal essence and minimize bitter tannin extraction in the wine. The juice is fermented using wild yeast; temperatures were kept 32 degrees Celsius with an extended maceration. All of the pressings are returned to the barrel. No fining or filtration is allowed ensuring the purest expression of the grape and vineyard that will age well and complement the dining experience.
Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in barrels that are hand selected by the winemaker. The French barrels used are 100% new, tight-grained oak from Nadalie. Barrels are seasoned for three years before being toasted to medium char over a cool flame for several hours to minimize blistering. Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon spent 18 months in barrel. The resulting wine is extremely balanced and integrated; when decanted it is ready to consume now or can age for 15 years.
"Deep ruby. Exotic, floral and spicy on the nose, with powerful scents of cassis, kirsch, anise and dried flowers. Full-bodied and sweet, with a chewy, youthful texture and broad, deep red and dark fruit flavors. Lush and beautifully balanced, the cherry flavor building and sweetening on the long, velvety finish. A superb example of herb-free, fruit-driven cabernet."
International Wine Cellar
"The inky/ruby/purple-hued 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Brookman Vineyard exhibits classic aromas of cassis and graphite along with a well-balanced, rich, full-bodied, intense personality. One of the estate’s more forward, elegant offerings, it is best drunk during its first 12-15 years of life."
The Wine Advocate
"Shows tons of beautiful red and black berries on the nose, which carry over to the palate in the form of juicy, perfectly ripe flavors tinged with just a hint of graham cracker. Acidity is lively; can be enjoyed now through 2011."
"Firm, with juicy raspberry and red cherry flavors at the core. Shows a range of cedar and dusky spice overtones that add depth and class. Best from 2008 through 2016. 500 cases imported. "
Big & Bold
If you like strong fruit forward Cabs.. this wine will totally satisfy.
Big & Bold
Another great wine at a great price. Nice and smooth after pouring it through my aerator. While I rarely purchase cabernet outside of California, I took a chance on this one and it was worth it!
Broad and Bold like the Outback. It is all these and yet there is something missing. I believe this needs to be paired with food to reveal its better character. On third thought, it has peaked and has lost whatever it might have once had.