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2014 Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz

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The thing we love about Hunter Valley shiraz is their graceful, medium-bodied, earthy savoury nature, and this one from a sterling HV vintage is great! Aromas of dark berries, star anise spice, and toasted vanilla leap out of the glass, before the palate chimes in with red and black fruit flavours, spicy pepper and licorice, a solid line of tannins, and a tight, bright, red fruited finish. This has the legs to cellar for a few years. 

Winemaker's Notes

Lovely mid density colour, not light or black with purple hues. Dark cherry and now released as a young wine, some noticeable cherry oak notes on the aroma. Brokenwood had the luxury of being highly selective across all its barrels in 2014 and this wine has benefitted greatly from some declassified old vine Graveyard Shiraz in the blend. Full flavoured and slight Hunter Valley iodine characters and lots of ripe blackberry fruit. Sweet ripe tannins carry the flavour and bright acid finish. Again oak there but certainly fits the overall structure of the wine.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2014 Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Benchmark Hunter shiraz and classic Brokenwood: elegant, savoury and definitively medium-bodied, this is the yardstick by which all Hunter shiraz should be compared. Structure leads before fruit, textural, finely ground and mouthfilling, underlined by vibrant acidity that promises long-term potential. Impressive fruit intensity and persistence of tight, black plum skin, liquorice and coal dust define a beautifully persistent and well-honed finish.
http://tysonstelzer.com/ 2013
95
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Appealing balance of oak and fruit in the 2011 vein with better than average freshness of bright raspberry, maraschino cherry, dark berry and sandal wood to mineral spice. Well constructed palate with good balance. Light medium bodied, good length of tight red fruit and firm tannins with youthful flavours that build red cherry and the finish gains structure with grape tannins and sophisticated oak, with toasted wheat bread oak to finish.
Rob Geddes MW
90
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
On release concentrated and rich fruit with a very fresh savoury tapenade plum and blackberry shiraz medium bodied and soft and will develop into a seamless style with enough time to integrate the oak. The 2010 is velvety plummy and great drinking now.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
93
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
On release very fresh savoury tapenade with plum and blackberry shiraz medium bodied and soft and will develop into a seamless style with enough time to integrate the oak.
Rob Geddes MW
87
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Oak plays second fiddle in this restrained, rather shy but classical Hunter expression of elegance and savoury charm. Dark and smoky, with a wild, briary bouquet of dark plums, blackberries, dark chocolates and redcurrants lifted by nuanced of pepper, cloves and cinnamon. Medium-weight, supple and perfectly ripened, its intense core of spicy dark berries and plums extends long down its fragile, rather dusty backbone, finishing with a lingering core of smoky fruit and a delightful acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
94
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
On release very fresh savoury tapenade with plum and blackberry shiraz medium bodied and soft and will develop into a seamless style with enough time to integrate the oak.
Rob Geddes MW
88
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
On release very fresh savoury tapenade with plum and blackberry shiraz medium bodied and soft and will develop into a seamless style with enough time to integrate the oak.
Rob Geddes MW
86

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