Brokenwood winemakers and crew don’t need too much
encouragement to taste a range of world wine styles and one of our favourite countries is Italy. Add to this a progression of young
winemakers from Italy over the years espousing the qualities of Sangiovese and Nebbiolo; it is not surprising to see these varieties under the Brokenwood label.
A milder and later than average growing season was the
dominant factor in Beechworth for vintage 2022. Above average rainfall throughout 2021 made for a challenging growing season with disease pressure a constant. January was wet, with 140mm
falling for the month. Thankfully the rain cleared for February,
allowing the vineyard to dry off. These conditions resulted in
wonderful fruit and tannin ripeness.
Pasta, of course, or a classic Australian BBQ.
Processing started with 3-4 day cold soaking and then a cooler 6 day ferment to retain fruit purity. The oak regime with this wine matured in older French oak puncheons for six months.
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.