Brookfields Rd, Meeanee, Napier (PO Box 7174, Taradale)
Cellar Door: Daily (11-4)
Ph: (+64) 6 834 4615
Brookfields Vineyards, is a medium sized historic winery and restaurant located by the Tutaekuri River, between Napier and Hastings (on the southern outskirts of Napier)
It was founded in 1937. The winery was purchased by the current owner and wine-maker , Peter Robertson, in 1977.
The hand-made blocks the winery is constructed out of create the perfect environment for wine ageing and keeping the cellar cool during the region's relatively hot summers.
Brookfields produces between 8,000 and 10,000 cases of wine each year. The wines are sourced from the estate Bergman vineyard, the neighbouring Marshall Bank vineyard and the Ohiti ("the crossing") vineyard in an old river bed adjacent to the Ngaruro River valley. The river bed stones act as a heat trap, consequently Cabernet Sauvignon ripens every year.
While the focus is on the reds the aromatic varieties (Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer) can do well here as does the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
There are three types of Tasting notes:
(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)
(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer
(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)
Brookfields Robertson Pinot Gris 2010
Purchased: Acland Cellars, St. Kilda ($A22/$NZ19)
(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2012, richly flavoured nashi pear and melon with some tangerine and guava from the subtle residual sugar, creamy barrel ferment texture with a nougat nuance, good length with bright lemony acidity and fine phenolics (****)