2010 Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz
Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
Brokenwood is the single best producer from the Hunter Valley exported to the U.S. This wine is medium-bodied with long, dark red fruit flavors. We find it finishes with pleasantly lively tannins and a bit of black pepper.
93 JH; 91 WE; 91 ST
$29.69 as part of a mixed case.
Sorry, sold out. ETA early 2016.
"With a higher proportion of old vine fruit in the blend; the aroma has richness to it from the newer oak and more concentrated fruit. Bright red cherry fruit and background charry oak, with the oak giving a slight sweet vanillin note. A perfect supple, medium bodied palate - as it should be. Earthy sweet red fruit characters and soft tannins that carry to the end. The oak is evident but sits well with the fruit."
"Part vinomatic and part open top 2-4 ton fermenters. The latter plunged two times per day. Perfect grapes do not need a lot of input and after 7 days pressed off, with malolactic fermentation conducted in tank. Oak maturation was in American barriques for 14 months. While the basis of the Hunter Valley Shiraz is the clonal Shiraz in the Graveyard (planted in the 1990s) this wine gets a bonus in the form of barriques of Shiraz off the old vines that don't quite make the icon Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz blend. 13.5% alc."
"93 pts ... Light to medium red-purple; ripe plum and blackberry fruit has the usual polished leather and earth lying underneath the surface; at this stage the oak is obvious, and needs to integrate over time."
"91 pts ... 'Cellar Selection' Ample vanilla notes from oak aging mark the nose and palate of this savory Shiraz. It's on the full side for the Hunter, with a rich texture and a long, velvety finish."
"91 pts ...Opaque purple. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of dark berry preserves, Indian spices and violets, with a smoky topnote. Powerful but light on its feet, offering intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors sweetened by a touch of vanilla. Shows impressive energy on the finish, which features lingering licorice and berry skin nuances. All of the fruits from Brokenwood's Graveyard vineyard are in this bottling."
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