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Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Red Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot 2019 ~ Hunter Valley, Australia
James Halliday 5 Star Winery (2016 vintage)
Our Cellar "Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blends and vice versa, are often referred to as the great Australian blend. Great red fruit characters from the Cabernet and fine tannins from the Shiraz providing good mouthfeel and palate length. A style all about fruit, some oak background but soft tannins and an easy drinkability." (2016 vintage)
The Winemaker "Aromas of red cherry, spice and sweet oak. Mid-weight palate with some Cabernet Sauvignon cedar up front that leads to soft Shiraz richness. The oak regime is mainly older American and French so limited impact although some vanillin on both nose and palate with a long sweet finish. Excellent fruit flavours and balance being the features that will be maintained under the screw cap packaging" (2016 vintage)
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.
Patrick of Coonawarra 'P Series' Sparkling NV Coonawarra South Australia
94/100 Wine Showcase Magazine
SILVER - Limestone Coast Wine Show
BRONZE - The Real Review
BRONZE - International Cool Climate Wine Show
BRONZE - Australian Small Winemakers Wine Show
5 Stars Wine Estate
Top 5 Winestate Wine of The Year Awards
Selector Magazine "Supple and fleshy with stonefruit, melon and tropical fruit sweetness, nutty complexity, clean acidity and creamy texture. Shows attractive jubey ripeness throughout."
The Winemaker "Bursting with floral aromas, delicate bready/yeast undertones and a hint of honey. The palate is fresh with fruit sweetness perfectly balanced with the crisp acidity that leaves you refreshed. This traditional blend of Chardonnay & Pinot has a fine bead & persistent mousse that is stylish and complex. The base wines are a blend of multiple vintages dating back to 2006. Each year, wine is added to the base to freshen the overall blend whilst remaining consistent in style and taste. The Pinot Noir in the blend adds a roundness to the mouthfeel, making it a traditional sparkling with great complexity".
Patrick of Coonawarra was founded by Patrick Tocaciu; one of Australia's leading wine (and AFL football) figures. Patrick's reputation for producing exceptional wine earned him many international accolades for the major labels he worked as Chief Winemaker, including; Tollana, Penfolds, and Hollick Wines. Patrick's distinguished reputation continued with the establishment of his own Patrick of Coonawarra Estate label. The wines are built on the solid foundation of extensive estate vineyards: 36 hectares in Coonawarra and 42 hectares in Wrattonbully. The Wrattonbully plantings contain shiraz, sauvignon blanc, and some of the riesling. All of the cabernets are grown in Coonawarra. The Estate is now managed by his eonologist son, Luke who continues the tradition of producing wines of varietal and regional excellence.
Coonawarra is the most important wine region within the Limestone Coast zone of South Australia, credited with producing some of the best red wines in the entire country, and often described as Australia's most famous terroir. It is located in the far south-east of the state, adjoining the border with Victoria south of Wrattonbully.
Sparkling wine is arguably the most technical wine in the world. This is because it undergoes not just one fermentation (to make the alcohol) but a second fermentation to make bubbles! There are many different types of sparkling wine; including; Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, Crémant and Sekt. Only sparkling wines made in the region of Champagne in France can be called Champagne.