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2011 Brokenwood McLaren Vale Hunter Valley Shiraz Various Shiraz

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From a cracking vintage in the Hunter Valley comes this elegant, medium-bodied shiraz. Boosted up with a little richer McLaren Vale fruit, this has the legs to cellar for at least a decade! Smells of dark cherries and savouriness float out of the glass, together with wafts of Chinese five spice and toasted vanilla. The palate is tight, taut and terrific, with lots of spiced fruit flavours, a kick of pepper, a subtle grip to the tannins, and a long, savoury-edged finish. Lovely stuff!

Winemaker's Notes

Even though an excellent Hunter vintage, Hunter Shiraz does not get huge colour density. In fact everything about this wine is medium bodied. Some purple edges evident and quite floral / rose petal aromas. The palate has lovely weight and fruit spice flavours. The blend could almost be reversed such is the savoury nature of the Hunter Shiraz. Low oak impact and ripe tannins for a great finish.

Winemakers Comments:
Some would say that the change in weather fortunes (between the Hunter Valley and southern regions) for the 2011 vintage was overdue but then we copped the 2012 Hunter vintage. It not only put us in our place but added some on top. Brokenwood sources all its fruit from the Blewitt Springs/McLaren Flat end of McLaren Vale. This area did fair better in 2011. For the Hunter Valley the 2010 calendar year ended at just over 900mm, with the wettest month being November at 156mm. The valley experienced a cool, dry December and January 2011 followed suit with only one day above 40C on the 2nd January. Further hot weather struck around Australia Day and there was some leaf burn. In a bizarre twist, the Hunter Valley was irrigating madly while most of Australia was under water. Red harvest commenced on the 2nd of February and was complete on the 6th of the same month.

Vinification: Combination open and rotor red fermenters, 80% French oak of which 30% new, balance 1-2 year old, 20% older American, in oak 18 months.

Food: Lamb, veal and pasta.

Drink: Enjoy now or over the next 5-10 years.

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2011 Brokenwood McLaren Vale Hunter Valley Shiraz Various Shiraz

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Matured in French and American oak for 18 months; this is the opposite play to the '12 Quail from the same regions - there it was McLaren Vale helping the Hunter Valley component, here a very good Hunter Valley vintage supports the lesser McLaren Vale vintage. The colour is vivid purple, and the bouquet signals the intense and powerful dark fruit spectrum of the medium to full-bodied palate. A third of the price of Quail, and a cellaring super-special.
Australian Wine Companion
95

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