Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz ~ Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz 2019 ~ Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

$249   $316




This is great……and here’s why!
96/100 James Halliday
99/100 James Halliday (2017 vintage)
98/100 Huon Hooke (2017 vintage)
96/100 Decanter Wine Awards (2017 vintage)
97/100 Decanter Wine Awards (2018 Vintage)
98/100 James Halliday (2014 Vintage)
97/100 James Suckling (2014 Vintage)
95/100 Robert Parker (2014 Vintage)
95/100 Vinous Antoni Galloni (2014 Vintage)

Halliday 100 - Halliday Wine Companion '2019 Top 100" (2017 vintage)
Best In Show Trophy - Decanter World Wine Awards (2017 vintage)
Rated by the Langton's Classification of Australian Wine V as 'Exceptional'

Platinum - Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 (2018 Vintage)
James Halliday 'Wine of the Year' 2021 (2018 Vintage)
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards (2013 Vintage)
Bronze - International Wine Challenge (2011 Vintage)
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards (2011 Vintage)
Bronze - International Wine Challenge (2011 Vintage)
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards (2011 Vintage)
Gold - Decanter World Wine Awards (2009 Vintage)
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards (2006 Vintage)
Bronze - International Wine Challenge (2006 Vintage)
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards (2006 Vintage)

James Halliday "A stellar wine boasting an intensity of flavour, palate-staining levels of extract and a forensic precision to the tannins that forces one to swish the wine about the mouth while chewing every ounce of nourishment from it. Subdued at first, before 2019's ripe kit of black cherry melds with lilac florals and a long trail of pepper, Indian spice mix and charcuterie flavours. A venerable wine in the making."

The Wine Companion "Bright mid-density colour with purple hues. The use of large format French oak allows the red spice and bramble fruit of Hunter shiraz to shine. Initial palate is very supple and complete, giving a lovely flow from start to finish. An impressive wine, which is a great follow on from the 2018 vintage. Subtle but powerful."

Quill & Pad "A glorious nose. Mulberries, lingonberries, dark fruits, plums, spices, tobacco leaves. A wine with immaculate balance, a soft and supple texture and the silkiest of tannins. Ethereal. There is both depth of flavor and serious complexity here. Great length. A wine of poise and grace and one that will undoubtedly give many years of pleasure. 98."

Halliday Wine Award 2021 Judges Comment "A single block of mainly 50yo vines was hand-picked, destemmed, open-fermented, 8-19 days on skins, matured in French oak of various shapes and sizes. Excellent colour through to the rim. Take a bottle with you to drink with Maurice O'Shea and he'll be ecstatic. It's supple, perfectly balanced, a pure expression of a quirky vineyard that has been the work of Iain Riggs for four decades. '18 was a great vintage, and he pinged it." (2018 Vintage)

James Halliday "One of Australia's icons. The decision not to use any new French oak, and to limit the alcohol to 13.5%, has resulted in a wine with a unique sense of place. It is also superbly balanced, dark fruits married to superfine tannins - another feature of a classic Hunter shiraz." (2018 Vintage)

Decanter "A decade later, off the back of a couple of drizzly years, 2017 was somewhat of a scorcher - which typically makes for an excellent Shiraz harvest in the Hunter. Yet to be released, the ’17 Graveyard Shiraz is vibrant and alive with hot pink and ruby hues that’s nigh on neon! Bright, ripe red fruit notes are accompanied by musk and spice, with big, moisture-sucking, clasping tannins. It will retain incredible line and length for decades to come." (2017 Vintage)

The Winemaker "This is our flagship release from a wonderful collection of 2017 Hunter Valley Shiraz wines from Brokenwood. All are characterised by deep colour and lifted ripe fruit. Ripe fruit notes of dark plum and cherry along with background vanillin oak. Rich in colour with deep red tints, due to the low yield and low juice-to-skin ratio. Dry ripe tannins give perfect structure and carry the sweet fruit right to the back palate. An impressive wine, which is a great follow on from the 2014 vintage. Subtle but powerful." (2017 Vintage)

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 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."

Australian Wine Companion "Brokenwood consistently produces excellent wines.

Australian Wine Companion "Brokenwood's 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 1978 and has fully rehabilitated the vineyard in a vine-by-vine exercise. There is also a range of wines coming from regions including Beechworth (a major resource is the 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 a diverse business and an unerring ability to keep Brokenwood’s high profile fresh and newsworthy. He also contributed a great deal to various wine industry organisations."

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.

The Hunter Valley is the best-known and most highly prized wine region in New South Wales. It is known as the region where the Australian wine industry started. The valley's winemakers have pioneered two distinctive styles of wine (oaked Chardonnay and dry Semillon) and has retained a strong connection with both of them. The Hunter Valley's most famous wine style is its distinctive dry Semillon, made there since the 1870s. Hunter Valley Semillons are renowned for their ability to improve with age.

Shiraz is the name given to the dark-skinned Syrah grape when grown in Australia and selected pockets of the New World. Though genetically identical, the stylistic differences between Shiraz and Syrah are usually pronounced.

Shiraz is so important to Australian viticulture that it is the most planted grape variety in the majority of Australian vineyards and has become virtually synonymous with the country's wine regions, and in particular the Barossa Valley.

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