2017 / 2018 Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz

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2017 / 2018 Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz
2017 / 2018 Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz
2017 / 2018 Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz
2017 / 2018 Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz
2017 / 2018 Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz
2017 / 2018 Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz

Typical medium-bodied Hunter Valley Shiraz from a great year that will reward for many years.

Tasting Notes 

Colour

Superb colour with dark red and purple hues.

Nose

Lifted aromas of red fruit and ginger spice. While there is some oak, it is very much in the background.

Palate

Soft entry on the palate, fine tannins and perfect acid carry through to the finish. A typical medium-bodied Hunter Valley Shiraz that will give drinking pleasure now and over the long term.

Vinification

Part vinomatic and part open top 2-4 tonne fermenters. The latter plunged two times per day. After 5 days, pressed off, with malolactic fermentation conducted in tank. The wine then went into 100% French oak made up of 25% puncheons and overall 25% new oak. The Shiraz grapes are sourced solely from the Graveyard Vineyard, being clonal vines planted through the 90s and massale selection from the 1968 plantings, with the oldest at 10 years of age.

Winemaker Comments

The Hunter Valley enjoyed another stress-free vintage in 2018. Low rainfall throughout 2017 meant low foliage and the harvest was saved by 210mm of rain over November to December 2017. Picking Shiraz commenced on 28th January and completed in 2 weeks after a very hot end to January. The second of what has turned out to be three great vintages - 2017, 2018, 2019. Debate will continue about the ‘17 versus ‘18, both have their own magic; some people will support the solid fruit/ tannin nature of the ‘17 while others the finesse of 2018.

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.

    Specifications

    Year 2017 / 2018
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar Shiraz
    Country Australia
    Alcohol content
    14% alc vol 
    Units of alcohol per bottle 10.5 units
    Type Red Wine
    Cellaring Potential Very enjoyable over the medium term, and will reward long term cellaring
    Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
    Features Vegan and Vegetarian
    Food Matches Veal, duck and cheese.
    Origin Hunter Valley
    Appellation New South Wales