Brokenwood Wade Block 2 Vineyard Shiraz 2017 ~ Hunter Valley, Australia
95/100 James Halliday
95/100 Bob Campbell (2011 Vintage)
93/100 Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage)
Gold - Australian Wine Companion
Silver - 2017 Royal Queensland Wine Show (2016 Vintage)
Bronze - Shanghai International Wine Challenge (2006 Vintage)
Bronze - International Wine Challenge (2007 Vintage)
James Halliday 5 Star WInery
James Halliday - Halliday's Wine Companion - "Matured for 16 months in French oak. A most attractive wine, taking full advantage of the vintage with its supple medium-bodied weight and mouthfeel. Then there's the McLaren Vale dark chocolate, blackberry and fine tannins to come into focus. It ticks all the boxes."
The Winemaker "A full-bodied wine with layers of flavour...Typical McLaren Vale [South Australia] flavours of abundant black fruit, dark chocolate and Turkish Delight. Perfect McLaren Vale Shiraz colour with deep purple hues and mouth-coating tannins. The oak regime is all French, with approximately 25% being new which adds a vanillin note to the finish."
The Winemaker "The 17th bottling of the Wade Block 2 from McLaren Flat. Grown in deep sand, this is an amazing vineyard in that it is more than 20 years old but planted with cuttings sourced from a very old local vineyard and grown on own roots. Again, very distinctive and complex, and more than qualifies for the ‘Single Vineyard’ label.
McLaren Vale enjoyed a wet winter of 2016 that resulted in excellent soil moisture and topped up nicely due to a wetter than average spring. A warm, dry summer continued into Autumn; plenty of canopy along with above-average crops meant a later start. Wonderful ripe fruit characters and rich in flavour.
Oak maturation 100% French for 18 months."
Pairs well with beef
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.
The McLaren Vale wine region, in the north-west of Fleurieu Peninsula, is located approximately 35 kilomters (22 miles) south of Adelaide. It is by far the most important wine-producing area in the Fleurieu zone and is also regarded very highly throughout Australia and the world.
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.