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Krysten Barros
26 March 2020 | Krysten Barros

Brokenwood Virtual Tasting #1

2019 Chardonnay

Perfect, pale green colour and lifted grapefruit aromas. The minimal oak sits nicely with the fine, juicy citrus flavours on the palate accompanied by subtle bran meal. The driving force of this wine is the acidity – long and pure. Approximately 90% from Beechworth and the balance from Orange, the final components of this wine basically selected themselves. Another top-notch vintage!

2016 Area Blend Shiraz

A perfect mid-density colour with light purple tints. Red fruit aromas of cherry and strawberry. Dusty hints and vanillin oak compliment the pastille fruit flavours. Fine ripe tannins and lovely acidity carry through to a clean, long finish.

Time Posted: 26/03/2020 at 10:23 AM
Krysten Barros
9 March 2020 | Krysten Barros


Article published by ICC Sydney

ICC Sydney announced today that it has furthered its commitment to local producers, with a comprehensive new wine list comprising of 100% New South Wales (NSW) produced wines. 

Highlighting the state’s reputation as a top producer while driving economic impact, the new collection will be showcased to a global audience of 1.4 million visitors who attend events at the venue each year.

Handpicked by respected sommelier and ICC Sydney’s Beverage Operations and Cellar Manager, William Wilson, the reinvigorated wine list was developed following an extensive blind tasting of over 400 wines, to ensure only the highest quality drops are listed.

To mark the commitment, ICC Sydney has also released the first episode of ‘100% Local’, a four-part documentary series which shines a light on NSW’s worldclass wine industry. 

Highlighting stories of its partner producers and NSW’s rich winemaking history, the series also explores the challenges of a changing climate, and how the region’s winemakers are responding through resilience and innovation.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said ICC Sydney is leading the way in the industry, using its network and influence to drive meaningful impact across the state.

“I was proud to join ICC Sydney at the launch of their original wine list in 2016. It’s great to see they now source all their wines from the state, partnering with producers and representing our worldclass wine regions on the global stage. 

“This is not just building the reputation of NSW’s wines internationally, but is fostering growth opportunities for those who are also increasingly having to tackle and adapt to the challenges that farming in regional Australia brings.”

In three years since opening, ICC Sydney has sold over 300,000 bottles of wine with over 90% supplied by winemakers from across NSW. With an increased local supplier base, this contribution to the state is set to grow in 2020.

ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy, said the 2020 Wine Collection and supporting documentary series not only showcases the extraordinary calibre of wine produced in NSW, but also strengthens the venue’s relationship with regional producers. 

“We opened our doors with a clear promise to put regional winemakers first, and a wine menu comprising of 80% NSW wines. We are proud today to increase this commitment to 100%, and launch a compelling new docu-series which shares the important stories behind these bottles.  

“In doing so, we not only further our commitment to serve our guests the best drops in the world, but also support and champion our region’s producers at a time when they have faced unprecedented challenges.”

Managing Director of Tyrrell’s Wine, Bruce Tyrrell commented on the benefits gained from its sustained relationship with the venue, and the opportunities this has created for the region.

“Through our longstanding partnership with ICC Sydney, we’ve not only been able to rely on a steady stream of support in a financial sense, we’ve also gained immense exposure from our wines being served to millions of guests at the venue. 

“As an organisation, ICC Sydney is setting an example for what it means to responsibly invest in and champion local communities. We couldn’t be more appreciative of their ongoing support at this time.”

ICC Sydney Beverage Operations and Cellar Manager, William Wilson said that the 2020 Wine Collection drives visibility for local producers while setting the benchmark for wine. 

“Our new wine list has been created following an intensive selection process, blind tasting 400 wines, to showcase the diversity of regions within NSW. We are so proud to highlight the breadth and quality of wines that are being produced locally to our visitors.”

The first episode is available to view, here, with the three further episodes set to roll-out in the coming weeks.

Time Posted: 09/03/2020 at 2:08 PM
Krysten Barros
17 February 2020 | Krysten Barros

Our 2020 Vintage

We have completed our Hunter Valley harvest with the last of our Semillon fermenting in tank and a small amount of Hunter Valley Shiraz pressed off on Friday. Juice quality is excellent, though yields are down by at least 40%. This yield reduction is due to the prevailing dry conditions that have impacted all of our vineyards.

Unfortunately, we have also had the issue of smoke to deal with. Smoke taint is variable, localised and, in its worst form, can appear as an ashy character and leave a bitter aftertaste. We have tested all of our vineyards from the Hunter Valley and have only harvested sites that are low risk. Our diverse location of vineyards within the valley means that whilst some vineyards, such as Maxwell Vineyard and Mistress Block, are badly affected, others such as Dalwood and Stanleigh Park have not been impacted at all. We will have a full make of Hunter Valley Semillon, but it is too early to say whether we will have a 2020 ILR Reserve Semillon.

Our Hunter Valley Shiraz intake is down, with a small amount of Tallawanta, Verona and Graveyard Shiraz picked. We have tested the grapes for smoke analysis, but the classification of these wines will not be known until later in the year. As always, quality is of paramount importance so if the wine quality is not there, we will not release these as Single Vineyard Wines. We have harvested Shiraz from the Tallawanta Vineyard and Graveyard to bottle as a Rosé, which is looking very pretty and will be a delicious replacement for our 2020 Nebbiolo Rosato.

Smoke from the bushfires has not only impacted the Hunter Valley, but also large parts of southern New South Wales and north-east Victoria. There will be no fruit harvested for Brokenwood from the Four Winds Vineyard and Indigo Vineyard and only a small amount of fruit harvested from the Forest Edge Vineyard. This represents a large proportion of our Single Vineyard Wine portfolio.

In positive news, both our McLaren Vale and Margaret River vineyards are unaffected by smoke and are in excellent condition. Wade Block 2, Rayner Vineyard and Wildwood Road will be the stalwarts of our Single Vineyard red wines for 2020. On top of this, we have secured two outstanding blocks of Single Vineyard Chardonnay; one from Lilydale Estate in the Yarra Valley, which is shaping up to have an excellent harvest. This vineyard has produced multiple trophy winning wines in the past and will be a welcome addition to our portfolio for 2020 and into the future. The second is from the Southern Margaret River region which produces some of Australia’s most iconic Chardonnays. We have also been successful in securing sufficient fruit for our Varietal range wines and of course our Cricket Pitch White and Red.

Whilst it has been a challenging harvest, it has been a reminder of the seasonality of viticulture and our dependence on the weather. Brokenwood’s ‘All the Right Regions, for all the Right Reasons’ has been tested this year, but it will once again hold us in good stead to weather the tough seasons.

Thankfully we have received over 150 mm of rain in the last 10 days, and the threat of further bushfires is now behind us. Fingers crossed that this bodes well for 2020 getting a little easier than the way it started.

Stuart Hordern, Senior Winemaker

Time Posted: 17/02/2020 at 2:02 PM

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