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2016 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch White

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You’ll be bowled over by the quality of this legendary blend from Hunter legend’s Brokenwood. The Cricket Pitch is a regional blend that uses the best parcels of Semillon from the Hunter mixed with Sauvignon Blanc from Orange, Cowra and McLaren Vale.

With the precision of a talented batsman this wine will be unleashed upon the further boundaries of the palate as lemongrass and herbaceous head towards a complex mouthfeel, while fine acids complete the long finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Great colour on release, lots of green tints in this young and easy drinking wine. With the cool, damp start to vintage 2016 the alcohol is more like that of a Hunter Valley Semillon at 11.5%, but with plenty of lifted tropical fruit aromas. Some melon and beeswax notes from the Semillon to go with the herbal/tropical Sauvignon Blanc. Citrus flavours on the palate and a zesty finish.

Vinification: Fruit outside the Hunter Valley is processed to the primary juice stage before transport to the winery in the Hunter Valley for fermentation and blending. This ensures the delicate grape and fruit aromas are preserved. A small percentage (approximately 5%) of this wine was fermented in barrel.

Winemaker comments: We’re quite proud to introduce this wine as it is the 26th vintage of the blend. The label didn’t get the full Cricket Pitch livery until the 1995 vintage, although the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot was labelled as Cricket Pitch for the 1991 wine released in 1993. This wine is a blend of 51% Sauvignon Blanc and 49% Semillon. Three regions make up the blend being Cowra 89%, Orange 6% and Hunter Valley 5%. This wine also highlights our desire for lower alcohol and weighs in at 11.5% and with plenty of zesty fruit lift.

Food pairing: A perfect summer drink great with a wide range of foods. Enjoy with a dozen freshly shucked oysters and a whole baked barramundi for lunch or a spicy Asian laksa for dinner.

Drink: An easy drinking wine to chill and enjoy this summer.

Alc/vol: 11.5%

expert reviews about

2016 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch White

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A stalwart of the Brokenwood portfolio, it appears generosity and texture are sought and found; ripe nectarine and citrus notes are accompanied by straw on the bouquet; the palate is soft-centred, fleshy and accessible, with a complex barrel-derived blanched almond note lingering on the finish.
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
An easily assimilated style; the fruit aromas and flavours generous and balanced, barrel fermentation of a portion adding texture; the overall feel good.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Cleverly made to precise specifications; gently tropical fruit on the mid-palate with just an airbrush of oak, tightened up on the finish by the semillon; an anywhere, anytime wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Development evident notwithstanding the screwcap; some honeyed notes give the impression of a touch of sweetness; better younger.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Ken Gargett (2006 Vintage) says
Pop a bottle into the esky on the way to the G,' was the curious recommendation from the winery. Well, it's a few years since I've been to the MCG, but I'd be surprised if they'd let you in with a bottle of wine, even one as good as this lovely fresh sem/sauv blend. Shame; I remember visiting Lords, and watching the claret being passed up and down the row at lunch. What's become of civilisation when you can't enjoy a glass with the cricket?
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Still fresh and lively; a mix of lemon juice, gooseberry and herb; excellent crisp, citrussy acidity; a hint of barrel ferment lurks in one corner.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Ken Gargett (2002 Vintage) says
The Cricket Pitch has been a staple for many years now and it is good to see they have never dropped the ball (get it? Cricket pitchÑball...) At the start of 2003 Brokenwood boss Iain Riggs decided his Cricket Pitch white and red, as well as most of his chardonnay and pinot noir, would be bottled under screwcap. So you might find some of this wine on the shelves under cork and some of it under screwcapÑbuy the screwcap one and give it a little spin!
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2004 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light to medium green-yellow; a clean, fresh bouquet with gentle grass and lemon aromas is followed by a clean, firm and crisp palate with grassy flavours and fair length, the oak contributing more to texture than to flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; a highly aromatic bouquet with a range of fruit aromas running through passionfruit to gooseberry, with subde oak. Super sophisticated winemaking is evident on the wholly seductive multi-flavoured palate in which fruit and that hint of American oak are skilfully interwoven.
Australian Wine Companion 1998 1997

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