Brooks Road exhibits the compelling dynamic between savoury and fruit flavours which is textbook Shiraz from Clarendon. Sweet blueberry and rich red fruits interlace with notes of clove and menthol. The palate is expansive but pure finesses with a beautifully balanced acidity leading to a silky finish.
The Shiraz fruit is sourced from Hickinbotham’s 300 Block, 200 Block and 126 Block. The fruit is hand-picked, partially destemmed and crushed into open-top fermenters. Following a cold soak, the grapes see a gentle maceration of plunging and drain and returns during peak fermentation. Drained and pressed after 18 days on skins, the free-run goes directly to barrel and no pressings are included. Aged 15 months in predominantly 500-litre French oak puncheons (30% new) and a 25 hectolitre round foudre.
"Fine-grained tannin. Sweet, ripe fruit. Creamy mouthfeel. And while it all feels controlled, it feels luxurious throughout, perfumed, plush, those kind of vibes. There are sweet herb/tobacco-like characters here too and sophisticated, smoky edges. It’s still coming together but the fine spread of tannin, gorgeous flavour and reach through the finish all spell (high) quality."
95 points, The Wine Front (Feburary 2020)
"A striking wine for its extreme depth, as well as freshness. Ripe dark plums and blackberries bathe the nose and palate. This is lead in a fuller-bodied direction and makes a very youthful, bold and stoic impression on the palate. Fine now, but better in three to four years."
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2020)