Wine region: Hunter Valley, Australia
Grape: 100% Shiraz
Perfect bright mid density color with purple tints just adding to the appeal. The use of large format oak and very little new (all French) has allowed the red spice Hunter Shiraz fruit to shine, maybe red pastille in character? Initial palate is very supple and complete; there are no 'edges' to the palate giving a lovely flow from start to finish. The importance of acidity can never be underestimated as this underpins the structure. It is a juicy acidity and in complete harmony with the ripe tannin and perfectly balanced oak.
James Halliday 97 pts - It hardly needs be said this is a great Graveyard, shortlisted for Wine of the Year. It is full-bodied, with intense intersections and trails of black fruits, earth, leather, spice, oak and ripe tannins running in all directions. Its magic is that it remains coherent, with its line (or focus) never compromised.
Wine Enthusiast 91 pts - This wine was inadvertently tasted against a bunch of Barossa giants, so I may have underestimated it. It still held its own, delivering subtle notes of plum, cinnamon and clove, plus hints of olive and mocha. It's medium in body, with some herbal notes, yet finishes dusty and mouthwatering. Drink now–2028.
About the Winery
Established in 1970 Brokenwood Wines is one of Australia's most reputable premium wine labels and a must-visit in the Hunter Valley. Consistently listed as a 5 star winery, Brokenwood is home to the famous Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, the highly acclaimed ILR Reserve Semillon, and the popular Cricket Pitch Range.
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