Brokenwood "Cricket Pitch" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz-Merlot 2014 ~ SE Australia
90/100 James Halliday, 2017 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
Winery established by Australia's N# 1 critic Wine Companion
Five Star Winery
Previous vintages have also scored well:
90/100 James Halliday (2010 vintage)
90/100 Wine Enthusiast (2002 vintage)
The Winemaker "Vibrant colour and mid density. Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blends and vice versa, are often referred to as the great Australian blend, although the Bordelaise would disagree seeing it was common in Bordeaux in the 1800s. Best of both varieties with red fruit Cabernet and fine tannins with the Shiraz providing mouth feel and palate length. A style all about fruit, some oak background but soft tannins and an easy drinkability."
The 24th vintage of Cricket Pitch Red (not counting the 1986) and both multi-varietal and multi-regional. A very early start to harvest in the Hunter Valley but a mixed start across our other regions. A severe frost in October 2013 affected most of south east NSW and Victoria. It soon became evident that the Hunter Valley quality was quite exceptional. Gundagai and McLaren Vale make up the bulk of this wine with a small percentage from Beechworth and Hunter Valley. The frost has meant only a small amount of Merlot in this wine.
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.