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Krysten Barros
 
12 February 2019 | Krysten Barros

Bring on #V19! Here is an update on this year's vintage.

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

February 2019

The big question leading into vintage was: Could the Hunter Valley score three consecutive great vintages? At the time of writing it looks like the answer is yes! With the 2017 Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz line up about to be released and a couple of 2018 HV Shiraz already in bottle, the thought of a repeat of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 is very exciting indeed. And not just Shiraz - as the Semillons from the trio of years, 2005 to 2007, were outstanding.

Post vintage 2018 rain in February and March of over 200mm allowed some last minute growth ready for winter. Just as well - as the next 5 months saw a miserly 72mm of rain. Early irrigation was essential and rain in the early summer months was needed. January 2019 saw a further 47mm but also extreme heat, with 27 days over 30C and 7 of those over 40C. The western edge of some of the vineyards were slightly scorched.

One of our weather charts shows rainfall from 1919 to 2006, with the average right on 800mm per year. If it is brought up to the century, 1919 to 2018, the average is 798mm. It is interesting to note that the last two decades back to 1999 are responsible for the ever so slight drop. The decade 1999 to 2008 and then 2009 to 1018 shows 693mm and 757mm respectively.

The only certainty that we have in the Hunter Valley is the total unpredictability of our weather.

All our Hunter Valley Semillon will be in the winery this week and because of the dry winter, juice yield is down but juice colour and sugar levels are just fine. Oakey Creek, Trevena and Tallawanta are the pick so far. Brokenwood may pick some Shiraz by week’s end, but seed and skin tannins could ripen a bit more. And if the rain holds off then the week starting 11th February will be all systems go!

The Vineyard team of Katrina and Lucy have done a great job with all the vineyards.

Of our other regions, Cowra is in recovery mode from last year’s devastating hail storm; Orange looks terrific as does the Canberra District. The Indigo Vineyard at Beechworth had a bit of ‘Hunter’ this year with a big rain event before Christmas that dumped 175mm and took out bridges and roads - then back to 40C weather. The Chardonnay is getting very close. McLaren Vale has been hot and dry.

A terrific vintage crew in 2019 and we’ve become somewhat of a Wine Kindergarten rather than a Wine University, with a few ‘sons of’ this year. Jai Harrop (Matt Harrop was our winemaker 1996-98), Ben Dolan (Rob Sticks Dolan of Yarra Valley fame) and Remy Thomas (son of local legend Andrew Thomas) all pitching in for the vintage. Plus Internationals from New Zealand and Canada.

Time Posted: 12/02/2019 at 3:33 PM
Krysten Barros
 
14 February 2018 | Krysten Barros

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
Krysten Barros
 
23 January 2018 | Krysten Barros

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 
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Semillon, of course!
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Let’s not forget that delicious antipasti platter that no matter how big our serving plate is, it still won’t be big enough to fit all four varieties of Salami and Prosciutto we buy.

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Time Posted: 23/01/2018 at 10:20 AM