The wine has a very appealing green tint on release at four years bottle age. The citrus, lemon grass notes are starting to morph into cut grass and will ultimately end up as bees wax and toast after 7+ years bottle age. With lovely limejuice acidity, this Trevena, Kindred blend while very enjoyable now will reward cellaring.
Located in the foothills of the Hunter Valley’s Brokenback Ranges, Brokenwood was originally zoned as a cricket ground for the local community before being acquired by three self-professed weekend winemakers in 1970. Tony Albert, John Beeston and James Halliday were Sydney-based solicitors looking for somewhere to pursue a wine hobby when they established Brokenwood, the first vintage of which was picked in 1973. The famed ‘Graveyard Vineyard’ was the vacant lot next door, named so because council planners originally designated it (but never utilised it), as a cemetery. So it too was acquired by Brokenwood in 1978 and remains the sole source of grapes for the label’s flagship Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz. In 1982 Brokenwood expanded into white wine which coincided with the arrival of Chief Winemaker Iain Riggs. To this day, white wine continues to be a large part of Brokenwood's total production. From its humble beginnings, Brokenwood has grown to be an internationally recognised wine brand, with the flagship wines - Graveyard Shiraz and the ILR Semillon - being highly sought after each vintage. They have also expanded their vineyard holdings, with sites in Beechworth and McLaren Vale, as well as their traditional Hunter vineyards.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
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RALPH KYTE-POWELL - THE REAL REVIEW
Aged toast, lanolin and light linseed oily aromas are savoury and mysteriously moreish, lemony fruit expands the mix. In the mouth, there’s a plump ripeness that belies its low alcohol, a lip-smacking cut of citrus, some structural firmness and a long, toasty finish. It treads a path between vibrant freshness and mature complexity with an easy step, and a few years’ further age will only enhance its qualities.