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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

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 savory, 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.

Brokenwood’s 41st vintage got underway a lot earlier than anticipated. The continued dry weather across the eastern half of Australia intensified in early January with a run of above average temperatures. The heavy rain that disrupted the 2012 red harvest gave way to a typical dry winter and even drier spring when only 92mm of rain fell in the 4 months, July through October. November, December and the early part of January were also dry, leading to lighter canopies to go with the lighter crop load. Shiraz started rolling into the winery on February 2nd.

Alcohol: 13%

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Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz

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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. 2013

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