Brokenwood Shiraz Area Blend 2016 ~ McLaren Vale South Australia
95/100 James Halliday (2011 vintage)
93/100 James Halliday (2012 vintage)
92/100 Bob Campbell (2013 vintage)
91/100 Wine Enthusiast (2013 vintage)
James Halliday 5 Star Winery
The Winemaker 'A perfect mid-density colour with light purple tints. Red fruit aromas of cherry and strawberry. Dusty hints and vanillin oak compliment the pastille fruit flavours. Fine ripe tannins and lovely acidity carry through to a clean, long finish.'
James Halliday "...A third of the price of Quail, and a cellaring super-special...Matured in French and American oak for 18 months...The color is a vivid purple, and the bouquet signals the intense and powerful dark fruit spectrum of the medium to full-bodied palate." (2011 vintage)
Qantas Magazine "Everything about this wine is medium-bodied. Low oak impact and ripe tannins for a great finish." (2014 vintage)
Josh Reynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar "Brilliant ruby-red. Displays intense, Indian spice-accented cherry and cassis aromas plus a suggestion of white pepper. On the palate, bitter cherry and dark berry flavors provide good palate coverage and pick up smokiness with air. Nervy and focused on the penetrating finish, which is firmed by supple, mounting tannins.” (2012 vintage)
Ken Hoggins "Very Good. This midnight purple colored Shiraz opens with a fragrant boysenberry bouquet with hints of Original Slim Jim. On the palate, this wine is full-bodied, slightly acidic and savory. The flavor profile is a spicy blackberry and black plum blend with notes of smoked beef and a streak of minerality. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins and fruit flavor are nicely prolonged. This Shiraz is hearty and would pair well with slow-roasted beef brisket.” (2012 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."
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.
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.