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2014 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Red

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The Cricket Pitch has become one of Brokenwood’s most iconic labels, showing not just multi-varieties but multi-regions in the mix also. This is a BYO wine that works well with a variety of cuisines; anything from robust seafood, to pasta and gourmet sausages. It’s crammed with cherry and berry fruit, some vanillin oak and a soft accessible palate that’s balanced and full of flavour.

Winemaker's Notes

Vibrant colour and mid density. Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz blends, and vice versa, are often referred to as the great Australian blend, although the Bordelaise would disagree seeing it was common in Bordeaux in the 1800s. Best of both varieties with red fruit Cabernet and fine tannins with the Shiraz providing mouth feel and palate length. A style all about fruit, some oak background but soft tannins and an easy drinkability.

Vinification: Mostly vinomatic fermenters used, after 2-3 day cold soak prior to ferment. Oak regime is mainly 1-3 year old American and French oak barriques, up to 18 months.

Winemaker comments: The 24th vintage of Cricket Pitch Red (not counting the 1986) and both multi-varietal and multi-regional. A very early start to harvest in the Hunter Valley but a mixed start across our other regions. A severe frost in October 2013 affected most of south east NSW and Victoria. It soon became evident that the Hunter Valley quality was quite exceptional. Gundagai and McLaren Vale make up the bulk of this wine with a small percentage from Beechworth and Hunter Valley. The frost has meant only a small amount of Merlot in this wine.

Food pairing: Pairs well with rich seafood, pasta, light meat dishes.

Drink: A drink now style that will further soften with medium term bottle maturation.

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2014 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Red

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WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Big, simple wine with broad fruit aromas and soft, fleshy fruit flavours.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
It's a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and shiraz, and the charms of this 2007 release are immediately obvious. It's a mood thing, but most of the time we don't like wines that shout at us - we'd rather have a friendly conversation with them. This wine never raises its voice. It has medium-weight, curranty flavours with enough chocolatey oak to make it slip down smoothly. Right in the groove.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light to medium-bodied; tangy, savoury/spicy with a touch of oak sweetness; easy style.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; the light bouquet has aromas of leaf, earth and red berry, but the palate is rather sweeter and richer than the bouquet suggests, with blackcurrant and a touch of chocolate.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet offers aromas of leaf, mint and earth which are slightly astringent, but the palate is much better, with a mix of almost essencey cherry, chocolate and vanilla oak flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the clean and smooth bouquet shows ripe sweet fruit of medium intensity with well-balanced and integrated oak. The palate is clean and well balanced, with lively red berry and mint fruit, subtle oak and fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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