2020 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (11.5% abv)

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2020 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (11.5% abv)
2020 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (11.5% abv)
2020 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (11.5% abv)
2020 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (11.5% abv)
2020 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (11.5% abv)
2020 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (11.5% abv)

A perfect summer drink paired with a wide range of food

Tasting Notes 

Colour

Lovely pale yellow colour with green tints. 

Nose

 

Citrus pith and florals on the nose with a clear Sauvignon Blanc lift. 

Palate

Initial flavours of citrus and melon, light cool palate at 11.5% alcohol. Grapefruit, finger lime and a zesty acidity adds to the structure. 

Vinification

Fruit outside the Hunter Valley is processed to the primary juice stage before transport to the winery in the Hunter Valley for fermentation and blending. This ensures the delicate grape and fruit aromas are preserved. A small percentage (approximately 5%) of this wine was fermented in barrel.


Winemaker Comments

We’re quite proud to introduce this wine as it is the 26th vintage of the blend. The label didn’t get the full Cricket Pitch livery until the 1995 vintage, although the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot was labelled as Cricket Pitch for the 1991 wine released in 1993. This wine is a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon, one of the highest proportions of Sauvignon Blanc we’ve bottled. Four regions make up the blend being Cowra 85%, Hunter Valley 5%, Orange 3% and McLaren Vale 7%. This wine also highlights our desire for lower alcohol and weighs in at 12.0% and with plenty of zesty fruit lift.

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 2020
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion
    Country Australia
    Alcohol content
    11.5% alc vol 
    Units of alcohol per bottle 8,63 units
    Type White Blend
    Cellaring Potential For immediate enjoyment
    Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
    Food Matches A dozen freshly shucked oysters and a whole baked barramundi for lunch or a spicy Asian laksa for dinner.
    Origin Hunter Valley
    Appellation New South Wales