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Brokenwood Wines

2016 7 Acre Shiraz

2016 7 Acre Shiraz

Hunter Valley, NSW

From our famed Graveyard Vineyard, 7 Acre is a special pocket of grapes. Medium density, the nose and entry on the palate is very much Hunter Valley – red fruit, earthy sweet and slight iodine (seaweed) combined with soft fine tannins. Matured in large format French oak, mainly puncheons with approximately 30% new oak. An elegant, medium bodied Shiraz that will reward cellaring over the next 10 years.

CRU $472.50   SVC $445.50

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Shiraz
Acid
6.0 g/L
pH
3.53
Residual Sugar
nil
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Profile
Vinification
Processing started with 3-4 day cold soaking, then a 4-5 day ferment at 26-28C. The vineyard is on loam soil and gives a more floral character than those in red soils. The oak regime for this wine is 100% French, no new oak.
Winemaker Comments
The ‘7 Acre Block’ was planted in 1968 to Shiraz sourced from old Hunter vineyards. It is one of four blocks from that year in the Graveyard Vineyard. In recent years harvest has been in full swing by the second week of January, however not so for 2016. Wet and cloudy conditions meant later ripening on most varieties. The Hunter Valley went back to its typical dry winter with no significant rain recorded between the 23rd May and 24th August 2015. Major rainfall wasn’t received until the first 2 weeks of December (121mm) but accompanied a hailstorm on the 10th. This basically cut a swath right through the middle of Pokolbin with the south of Mount View and north of Deasy’s Road escaping. Another storm went through a week later bringing the months total up to 181mm and the yearly rainfall to 1051mm, well above the average of 720mm. January saw records set for rainfall with Brokenwood recording 338mm and then the tap was turned off. Like 1990, the rain ceased once February began, which helped the Shiraz immensely. With the dry weather, the colour and flavour bounced back within 10 days. Handpicking this fruit has resulted in fine, fragrant Shiraz.
Food Pairing
Veal, duck and cheese.
Drink
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.