Processing started with 3-4 day cold soaking and then a 4-5 day
ferment at 26-28C. The vineyard is on dark loam soil and gives a more
chocolate character to those in red soil. The oak regime for this wine is 100% French oak, with 20% new.
Brokenwood has managed the Mistress Block Vineyard and made wine from it since the late 1980s. The vineyard is now 50 years old and is planted on a steep, east facing slope. Perfect to avoid the summer heat. The dark loam soil absorbs the heat and then the grapes are in shade for the latter part of the afternoon.
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 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.
Osso bucco, steak, lamb and cheese.
Drinking well now but will reward medium to long term cellaring.