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2013 Brokenwood 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

Following straight on from the 2011, as there were no 2012 Hunter Valley reds, this wine has lifted fresh red fruit and spice characters. The colour still a vibrant deep red. Lovely savoury, red cherry flavours and fine grained tannin from the perfectly ripe fruit and French oak. The oak takes a background seat due to the use of puncheons and mostly older oak. This is a fine Hunter Valley Shiraz.

Food: Veal, duck and cheese

Drink: Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2013 Brokenwood 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.
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A wine that really has stepped up to new levels without losing any of its authenticity. There's added density, a modern sheen and plenty of dark Hunter shiraz fruit flavour. The palate's juicy, dense and lithe, stretching supple tannins from edge to edge and end to end. Drink now or in the next six to eight years.
The Good Wine Guide
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
There's a layer of swanky, toasty oak across this impressive Hunter shiraz, adding a meaty layer to ripe spiced plums - really fresh and youthful. The palate is swathed in fine, ripe tannins, plenty of toasty oak here too, and a convincing ball of berry and plum flavour that resonates through the finish. More to come in time.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
An elegant, finely structured and intensely flavoured shiraz whose lightly smoky and spicy aromas of dark cherries, plums and cigarbox, vanilla French oak reveal meaty and chocolatey undertones. Medium to full in weight, it's ripe and juicy, with a pleasing length of fruit supported by fine, dry tannins. It finishes with a suggestion of mint and menthol, with a lingering note of smoked bacon.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
A lot of the time the 'normal' wine in a winery's range is as good or better than the flagship, particularly if the main difference between the two is simply an increase in new oak flavour. This isn't a case of that, but it comes mighty close to Graveyard quality. 2005 RELEASE This is one of those pure, perfumed, medium-weight wines that may not win in the intensity stakes but sure holds its head high on the grounds of drinkability. It will cellar like a charm too. It smells of Turkish delight, plums, musk and earth, the tastes following straight on. It's not an ego-driven wine, it's a wine of the land. Full credit. DRINK 2008-2017.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A very fine, medium-weight and deeply flavoured Hunter shiraz made along classically elegant and fragrant lines. Its spicy black pepper perfume of piercing small dark berry fruit and cedary oak reveals complex suggestions of leather, undergrowth and smoked meats. Elegant, smooth and savoury, it's long, smooth and fine-grained, with a lingering finishing of intense, spicy small berry fruit and earthy undertones.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Well balanced, medium-bodied; blackberry, plum and a lick of vanilla oak; fine tannins; simply needs time.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A smoke-tainted shiraz whose dark, meaty and menthol-like aromas of plums and dark berries overlie smoky nuances of salami and ashtray. Its rather cooked and cedary palate packs plenty of impact and power, but retains a blockiness and smoky bitterness. It finishes rather acrid, lacking regional character.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Rustic, spicy Hunter shiraz with a complex, smoky bouquet of dark berries and plums over musky nuances of cloves and cinnamon, earth and saddlery. Medium in weight, the palate is elegant, soft and supple, delivering attractive and brightly lit cherry/plum flavours and restrained older oak influences against a slightly herbal and tobaccoey background. It finishes fine-grained and savoury.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; an aromatic bouquet with some gum leaf and red berry fruit; the firm palate is centred around similar red berry flavours; needs time to build complexity.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; a powerful bouquet with concentrated black cherry, blackberry and chocolate-accented fruit supported by surprisingly subtle American oak. The palate, too, is driven by its excellent fruit flavours, with red and blackberry chocolate-tinged flavours rounded off with attractive oak, appropriate tannins and firm acidity. Should age beautifully.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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