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Emily Grant
 
14 February 2018 | Emily Grant

Hello #V18! An update on this years' vintage from Brokenwood

 

We have kicked off with yet another great vintage this year, all the fruit has been picked in the Hunter Valley and we’re now getting fruit in from our other regions such as McLaren Vale, Beechworth, Margaret River, Orange, Cowra, and Canberra.



See below for an update from our Chief Winemaker and Managing Director, Iain Leslie Riggs on this years' vintage.

- 25th January 2018

At the time of writing, all our Hunter Valley whites, (all but 2 tonne being Semillon) has been picked. In terms of weather, Hunter Valley vignerons are happy when it doesn’t rain and we certainly haven’t had much in the past 10 months.

The Hunter Valley had 41mm on the 31st March 2017 and then 45mm on the 23rd October and the middle 6 months April – September saw only 124mm of rain and only just better than the dry winter of 2002 where we had 120mm in the lead up to the hot dry 2003 vintage.

Picking got underway on the 15th January compared to our earliest vintage in 2014, which was the 9th January. Brokenwood will start picking reds on Monday 29th January. Comparing other hot, dry years, we started processing our red fruit on 31st January in 2007.

Therefore we had a dry lead up and while we have irrigation to keep the vines alive, nothing beats nature’s own. The canopies have not been affected by the constant run of 30C+ days but it is easy to see the vines are sick of the heat and dry. Sugars have stayed low, meaning typical vibrant Semillon with maybe just a lick more colour. Certainly 2003 springs to mind as a very similar vintage and style of wine. The reds wines will be generous but well balanced as there has been a slow rise in sugar.

We could see the red harvest extend past the 9th February, which will still be an early finish. The last Shiraz in 2003 was picked on the 28th February, the 5th March in 2005 and the 17th February in 2017.

Our other regions are in great shape, especially Beechworth, although not without loss of grapes to sunburn on the west facing slopes and McLaren Vale yet again is having a burst of 40C+.

 

- 12th February 2018

The last big pick of our Shiraz was completed on the 10th February being the last of our Hunter Valley fruit sources to come in. Semillon ferments smell and taste terrific and the red wines are truly impressive. Comparisons to the 2014 vintage will be plentiful as they have at this early stage intense colours and beautifully ripe tannins. A run of 30C-35C days and cooler nights allowed the grape sugar to ease up to 14 baumé unlike 2017 where temperatures of 45C were common. Exciting times ahead.

Beechworth has come on with a rush with Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir all being harvested this week. Umpires Vineyard at Cowra had a significant hailstorm in late November 2017, so a much-reduced crop. We’ll be closely monitoring the Forest Edge Vineyard following the Mount Canobolas bush fire over the past few days.  Other regions are in good shape. 

- Iain Riggs, Managing Director & Chief Winemaker

Time Posted: 14/02/2018 at 3:12 PM
Emily Grant
 
23 January 2018 | Emily Grant

What to Pair With Your Australia Day BBQ

It’s Australia Day.  It’s summer.  It’s time to fire up the BBQ.

But first, let’s get prepared! What variety of wine is best to pair with what you’re cooking on your barbie this Aussie Day? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve listed some of our top barbeque picks and what we think you should pair with them.

Don't forget, we are offering all our Brokenwood mates a special 25% OFF AND FREE SHIPPING SITE WIDE* for a limited time.

Simple enter the code "MATES RATES" at the checkout.
 


2015 Cricket Pitch Red, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz  BUY NOW 
2014 Wade Block 2 Vineyard Shiraz, McLaren Vale SA  BUY NOW 


2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, McLaren Vale SA  BUY NOW 
2015 Wildwood Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River WA  BUY NOW 


2017 Tempranillo, Beechworth VIC  BUY NOW 
2015 Indigo Vineyard Pinot Noir, Beechworth VIC BUY NOW 


2017 Sangiovese, Beechworth VIC  BUY NOW 
2014 Four Winds Vineyard Shiraz, Canberra District NSW BUY NOW 


2016 Chardonnay  BUY NOW 
2016 Forest Edge Vineyard Chardonnay, Orange NSW BUY NOW 


Semillon, of course!
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2016 Pinot Noir, Beechworth VIC  BUY NOW 
2015 Maxwell Vineyard Chardonnay, Hunter Valley NSW BUY NOW 


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2017 Rosato, Beechworth VIC  BUY NOW 
2016 Rosé, Hunter Valley NSW BUY NOW 


We hope you have a great Australia Day filled with friends, fun, and of course, delicious food and wine! 
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Time Posted: 23/01/2018 at 10:20 AM
Lauretta Parker
 
17 January 2018 | Lauretta Parker

2018 release wines and the declassification of 2016 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz


My first vintage at Brokenwood in 1983 saw the introduction of our Single Vineyard wines, starting with the Graveyard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and a bottling of Hermitage. The latter being 100% from the Graveyard Vineyard but we didn’t label as such. It was however labelled Graveyard Vineyard from 1984.


Iain Leslie Riggs - First vintage,1983.

Of the 35 vintages since, we have declassified 6 vintages. As the only Hunter Valley red wine on the Langton’s Classification of Australian wine (and at the highest rating – Exceptional) our goal is to maintain the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz as one of Australia’s very best.

After a difficult 2015 vintage the decision to declassify was easy but we felt with strict barrel selection there would be a small amount of 2016 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz. At the time of writing, the wine has been in bottle for approximately 9 months and after retasting and considerable discussion, we again feel that the superb lineage we’ve built since 1983 would be compromised if we released it. Especially as the next release, now the 2017, will become the 30th vintage. Quality is paramount and the 2017 is an outstanding Hunter Valley Shiraz that will stand comfortably alongside the multi-award winning 2014 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz.

So what becomes of the 2016 wine?

The 1968 plantings of the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz comprise of 4 blocks, one of which is known as “7 Acre” and a label we have previously used for a Shiraz from this vineyard. We typically release the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz at the end of May, so this year in its place will be the 2016 7 Acre Shiraz. Additionally we will be releasing the 2016 Tallawanta Vineyard Shiraz. This hallowed and heritage-listed vineyard is 98 years old and has produced some of the finest wines in the Hunter Valley; Brokenwood became the “honoured custodian” in 2014.

Both wines are available for pre-order, please contact members@brokenwood.com.au

We trust you will enjoy the wines to be released this year, and we look forward to seeing you at our wine club events.

Kind regards,

Iain Leslie Riggs
Chief Winemaker and Managing Director

Time Posted: 17/01/2018 at 1:37 PM