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2016 Brokenwood Hunter Shiraz

2016 Brokenwood Hunter Shiraz

Made from the younger vines on the Graveyard vineyard, this is a classic Hunter Shiraz.'
95 Points - Huon Hooke

$39.99 Per Bottle


$479.88 (Case 12 x 750ml)

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  • 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.


    For Hunter Valley grape growers, pre-vintage discussion is all about the weather. In recent years harvest has been in full swing by the second week of January, however not so for 2016. Wet and cloudy conditions meant later ripening on most varieties. The Hunter Valley went back to its typical dry winter with no significant rain recorded between 23rd May and 24th August 2015. Major rainfall wasn’t received until the first 2 weeks of December (121mm) but accompanied a hailstorm on the 10th. This basically cut a swath right through the middle of Pokolbin with the south of Mount View and north of Deasy’s Rd escaping. Another storm went through a week later bringing the months total up to 181mm and the yearly rainfall to 1051mm, well above the average of 720mm. January saw records set for rainfall with Brokenwood recording 338mm and then the tap was turned off. Like 1990, the rain ceased once February begun, which helped the Shiraz immensely. With the dry weather, the colour and flavour bounced back within 10 days. Handpicking this fruit has resulted in fine, fragrant Shiraz.


    Soft vanillin and tannins on entry, almost floral like aromas and slightly sweet earth, pastille, lolly Shiraz flavours. The French oak is very much in the background, however adds enough flavour to give a great complexity and length. A medium bodied Shiraz with lovely bright youthful colour on release at 18 months.


    'Medium to deep red colour with the faintest of purple tints. The bouquet is talcum powdery and rather closed, but with airing it shows some of the typical Hunter coal-dust, earthy aromas. Spice and pepper as well. It initially seems quite lean and sinewy in the mouth; intense, with obvious acidity, and a smoky graphite note. It needed airing and coaxing, and blossomed after a few hours. Unless you're cellaring it, which is advised, decanting is recommended.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke