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Brokenwood HBA Shiraz

Cracka Review

It is not surprising given the vintage notes above that a 10 years of age and with 9 years bottle age that this wine is drinking superbly but will go on for many more. More importantly the quality of corks we have seen in the Graveyard Shiraz, Rayner Shiraz and HBA have all been consistently good. The colour is yet to show any real signs of development and has vibrancy and deep red hues. Great complexity on the nose. Some bottle age aromas of leather and earth but also still sweet dark fruits and spice. Background vanillin from the oak. Very good weight with highish alcohol at 14.5%. While up there it has balance, ripe tannins and a good acidity.

Winemaker's Notes

It is not surprising given the vintage notes above that a 10 years of age and with 9 years bottle age that this wine is drinking superbly but will go on for many more. More importantly the quality of corks we have seen in the Graveyard Shiraz, Rayner Shiraz and HBA have all been consistently good. The colour is yet to show any real signs of development and has vibrancy and deep red hues. Great complexity on the nose. Some bottle age aromas of leather and earth but also still sweet dark fruits and spice. Background vanillin from the oak. Very good weight with highish alcohol at 14.5%. While up there it has balance, ripe tannins and a good acidity.

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Brokenwood HBA Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (1998 Vintage) says
Named for the three founding partners (Halliday, Beeston and Albert) and inspired by the old-school Hunter Burgundy style, this has in-built mature characters, boot polish, hard spices and leather, earthy black strap licorice too. This has aged with impressive grace. There's a smooth, fine tannin glide across the palate and impressive draw through the finish -it lingers, haunting and balanced, very complete and very, very good. Terrific now and another decade ahead, it's a blend of Hunter and McLAREN Vale material - a real collector's piece.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Not released until 10 years old, this 50/50 Hunter/McLaren blend was intended to mirror some of the great Regional blends of the 1940s, '50s and early '60s, and succeeds admirably. It has quite brilliant texture and structure, and exceptional line and length. Now nearing its plateau of perfection, cork permitting, it could easily live for another 20 years
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
97

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