2017 Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz

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2017 Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz
2017 Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz
2017 Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz
2017 Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz
2017 Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz
2017 Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz

Tasting Notes 

Nose

Sexy dark berry, violet pastille and incense aromas are lifted by peppery spice and mineral notes.

Palate

Shows excellent focus and intensity on the palate, with the sweet boysenberry, violet pastille and cola flavours betraying no rough edges. Fine-grained tannins build slowly and steadily through a very long, floral finish, with the blue fruit note echoing emphatically.

About Brokenwood Wines

Founded in 1970 as a hobby venture by three Sydney-based solicitors - Tony Albert, John Beeston and Australian wine critic James Halliday - Brokenwood is perhaps best known for their Cricket Pitch label, which was first sourced from a 4-hectare block at the foothills of the Hunter Valley’s Brokenback Ranges. The block was originally earmarked as the local cricket ground before they decided to plant a vineyard instead.

Similarly, Brokenwood purchased their neighbouring block, which was intended to be the local cemetery, and instead planted Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, becoming their critically acclaimed flagship wine, the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz. Chief Winemaker and Managing Director Iain Riggs joined Brokenwood in 1982 and introduced new winery equipment and facilities specifically for premium white wine production.

Since 1983, white wine makes up a significant part of total production and their Semillon is widely recognized as one of the finest in the world. Iain has also been the driving force behind Brokenwood’s expansion into the McLaren Vale in South Australia, Beechworth in Victoria, Margaret River in Western Australia, and Orange in New South Wales. Despite their expansion, they have managed to remain fiercely committed to producing unique and high-quality expressions of Australian terroir.

    Accolades

    Christina Pickard - Wine Enthusiast 89 points 

    'The 2017 was a hot vintage in the Hunter Valley and even though alcohol is restrained, the warmth of the season is still felt in this wine. The nose is initially reductive so decant if drinking now. With air, notes of ripe blueberry, cherry, plum, dried rose and peppery spice make their way out. The palate is powerful yet focused, with taut, spicy, somewhat austere tannins alongside heaps of acidity and chalky texture. There's a slight bitterness on the finish. This needs more time in the bottle to relax its iron grip. Drink 2022–35.' One for the cellar!

    Specifications

    Year 2017
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar Shiraz
    Country Australia
    Alcohol content
    13.5% alc vol 
    Units of alcohol per bottle 10.1 units
    Type Red Wine
    Cellaring Potential 2022 - 2035
    Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
    Features Vegan and Vegetarian
    Origin Hunter Valley
    Appellation New South Wales