Brokenwood has made a range of sweet styles over the years using Semillon, Riesling and Gewürtztraminer. This wine is a 'blast from the past' following the first Late Picked Semillon made in 1983. This wine has lifted citrus and tropical fruit aromas. The palate is rich but has great zesty acidity to balance the sweetness. Perfect to accompany a fruit platter or served chilled from the fridge on a sunny afternoon.
Lovely depth of colour along with purple tints due to the dry year and slightly riper fruit. Verona Vineyard Shiraz is always characterised by the soft sweet plum pastille fruit note. This carries to the palate with background vanillin oak with most of the wine in a 2700L cask. Fine ripe tannins add to the fruit density, with some liquorice notes and persistent after taste. A Shiraz to age for many years.
The colour is a very appealing coral pink. Shiraz has a lifted red spice element to its aroma and this dominates with an almost rose water background. The palate has vibrant red fruits and a dry finish, and while technically a red wine, has plenty of zesty acid. A wine to be enjoyed over the next year or so.
Superb colour with dark red and purple hues. Lifted aromas of red fruit and ginger spice. While there is some oak, it is very much in the background. Soft entry on the palate, fine tannins and perfect acid carry through to the finish. A typical medium bodied Hunter Valley Shiraz that will give drinking pleasure now and over the long term.
At 6 years of age on release, the colour is starting to deepen to a light gold. Evolving aromas of bees wax and vanillin. A softening palate of Bickford lime cordial characters with fresh citrus zest on the finish. This wine is beautiful now and will continue to develop for many years.
2019 Indigo Vineyard Pinot Noir, Beechworth VIC
Beautiful medium density colour and lovely, complex aromas of dark cherry and Campari-like notes. These characteristics follow through to the palate showing great balance, with flavours of charred oak and savoury, ‘forest floor’ characters that carry through to the finish. A Pinot Noir that will age well over the medium to long term.
The warmer weather has resulted in great fruit intensity. The colours in 2013 are outstanding, lots of luminous green tints. On release at nearly 6 years bottle age, there is a hint of development with toast and brioche notes. Flavours of lime juice cordial, lemon zest and the tangy acidity aids the long finish. A beautiful example of Hunter Semillon – perfect now or over the next 10 years.
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Quite a dense colour with deep red hues. Lifted Christmas cake aromas with red pastille jube notes. The sweet Cabernet Sauvignon fruit on the palate is balanced by the dry ripe tannins. Dark plum Merlot flavours and sweet background oak,making this wine immensely enjoyable.
IN MEMORY OF GLENDEN HOWARD
We would like to take this opportunity to honour the life of Glenden Howard who sadly passed away recently. Glenden was the fifth generation to work the Somerset property where we source fruit for the Howard Vineyard Semillon. Glenden grew grapes for multiple Hunter Valley wineries, which have made their way into many Trophy winning wines.
Vibrant in colour – a touch more than usual due to the sunshine. Lovely florals and lemon grass aromas. Mouth filling flavours of pear and lemon pith balancing the zesty acid backbone. The aromas and fruit weight belie the 10.8% alcohol and reconfirms that the Hunter Valley produces fruit at optimal ripeness and much lower sugar levels. A classic Hunter Valley Semillon to enjoynow or will age gracefully over many years.
2019 Indigo Vineyard Tempranillo
Mid density colour, with youthful purple hues. Lifted red berry and red jube fruit aromas carry to the palate with a low acid and soft tannin finish. Sweet, earthy and dark cherry flavours. A complete wine to be enjoyed over the medium to long term.
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!
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.
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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.
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