Brokenwood "Cricket Pitch" Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot 2013 ~ Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
Another perennial Best Buy from the iconic Brokenwood Winery established by Australia's leading wine critic, James Halliday. If you are looking for a red wine that is outside the typical "BIG" Australian style, this wine is for you, with its food friendly drinkability, lower alcohol at 13.5% and a middle weight structure, it pretty well works with any meal.
Now in its 30th year, the wine continues to show why it's one of Australia's favourite value red wines and consistently is a top medal and point winner year in and out. Great value!
James Halliday ~ "At 40+ years young, Brokenwood Wines, in the heart of the Hunter Valley, can lay claim to not only an iconic vineyard with the Graveyard Vineyard but to the preservation of a wine fraternity that proudly has as its mission statement, ‘to make great wine and have fun’."
Winemakers tasting notes ~ "Medium density colour and youthful tints. Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon giving red fruit and earthy tobacco notes. Generous palate flavours and ripe fine tannins. This wine is all about the fruit, although some oak vanillin and tannin in the background.
A modern style of Cricket Pitch Red with bright red fruit characters, low tannins and an easy drinkability.
Winemakers Comments ~ "The 23rd vintage of Cricket Pitch Red (not counting the 1986) and both multi-varietal and multi-regional. 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 including a new January record high of 45.7C in Sydney.
The Orange region in NSW Central Ranges provides the back bone for this wine with quality fruit support from Beechworth, Gundagai and McLaren Vale.