Brokenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017 ~ McLaren Vale South Australia, Australia
90/100 James Halliday
James Halliday 5 Star Winery
The Winefront "Beefy style with blackcurrant and dust characters through the mid-palate before a burst of sweet (red) fruit to close. The flavour is substantial and the length is good..."
James Halliday "A deservedly fashionable winery producing consistently excellent wines. Its big-selling Hunter Semillon provides the volume to balance the limited quantities of the flagships ILR Semillon and Graveyard Shiraz. Brokenwood purchased the Graveyard Vineyard from Hungerford Hill in '78 and has been working to totally rehabilitate the vineyard over the ensuing decades. It's been a vine by vine exercise, with a degree of experimentation of rootstocks and clonal material from other, even older vineyards. Next, there is a range of wines coming from regions including Beechworth (a major resource is the associated Indigo Vineyard), Orange, Central Ranges, McLaren Vale, Cowra and elsewhere. In 2017 Iain Riggs celebrated his 35th vintage at the helm of Brokenwood, offering a unique mix of winemaking skills, management of the diverse business, and an unerring ability to keep Brokenwood's high profile fresh and newsworthy. He has also contributed a great deal to various wine industry organisations."
Winemaker "Quite a dense colour with deep red hues. Lifted Christmas cake aromas with red pastille jube notes. The sweet Cabernet Sauvignon fruit on the palate is balanced by the dry ripe tannins. Dark plum Merlot flavours and sweet background oak, making this wine immensely enjoyable"
Established in 1970 Brokenwood Wines is one of Australia's most reputable premium wine labels and a must-visit in the Hunter Valley. It was established by Australia's leading wine critic, James Halliday.
Consistently listed as a 5-star winery, Brokenwood is home to the famous Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, the highly acclaimed ILR Reserve Semillon, and the popular Cricket Pitch Range.