Gift purchasing can be a daunting process. We all know that certain someone who's particularly difficult to buy for, or that family member who simply 'already has everything'. For those who enjoy a sip of the grape, however, there's one thing that always wins in the gift-giving department: Brokenwood Wines gifts.
Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or want to treat your loved ones to something extraordinary, our list of top ten wine gifts has got you covered. From elegant bottles of reds and whites that dance on the palate to thoughtfully crafted gift packs that delight all the senses, and even the promise of unforgettable experiences at our Cellar Door through gift vouchers, we've uncorked the ultimate guide to making your presents unforgettable.
Join us as we explore the art of gifting with the timeless allure of wine. Each selection is handpicked, and each suggestion a voyage into the heart of Brokenwood's winemaking excellence.
We start our list with three carefully selected whites that will impress every white wine lover in your life. These bottles are ideal as extra gift toppers if you’re feeling particularly generous. Otherwise, these exquisite wines certainly hold their own as standalone gifts, or to bring to a party as a thank you.
Awarded an impressive 96 points in the 2023 Halliday Wine Companion, the 2019 Oakey Creek Vineyard Semillon is a stunning testament to the world-renowned prowess of Hunter Valley Semillon production. Additional accolades include 95 points each from renowned Australian wine writers Ken Gargett and Ray Jordan.
The nose offers traditional hints of lemongrass and the delightful freshness remains intact. On the palate are intriguing notes of pickled ginger spice intermingling with the lively essence of lime pith, creating a harmonious journey across the taste buds. While this pure and slightly richer Hunter Valley Semillon is already displaying its inherent quality, it promises to evolve further in the bottle, gradually developing complexity over the next decade and beyond.
Made with grapes harvested from our lush and expansive Oakey Creek vineyard, a more recent purchase and one we’re particularly proud to work with, this classic Semillon is a perfect gift for every white wine lover.
Another winning wine, the 2021 Lillydale Vineyard Chardonnay also took home a 96-point gold medal in this year’s Halliday Wine Companion. It was described by wine master Ned Goodwin MW as having ‘thrust of extract, parry of energy and ebb of savoury oak, nutty and fine.’
This Yarra Valley Chardonnay is only the second release from our esteemed Lillydale Vineyard and presents a finer style than those of our Indigo and Forest Edge vineyards. While this particular vintage is still in its youth, it boasts a delicious depth and complexity that will develop beautifully over the next few years.
Precise winemaking techniques have yielded a Chardonnay with an impeccable hue of green-tinted yellow. Remarkable intricacy graces both the aroma and flavour profiles following the gentle pressing of whole clusters and wild fermentation in barrels. Subtle hints of cashew, derived from the exquisite French oak, harmoniously enhance the white peach and grapefruit notes.
If you’re gift shopping for a true white wine connoisseur, this Chardonnay, characterised by its finesse and delicacy, is one of the best gifts for wine lovers you could ask for.
We’re a little excited about this one, and that’s why we’ve saved it for the last of our top three white wine gifts. As a first release vintage, the 2022 1899 Old Vines Vineyard Semillon sets the stage for a delicious and enticing new Hunter Valley Semillon experience.
Situated opposite our Oakey Creek Vineyard on alluvial soil, the 1899 Old Vineyard has a long history of consistently producing exceptional Hunter Valley Semillon since its beginnings in 1899. This particular wine has already established a strong reputation for the vineyard’s Semillon abilities, having secured 95 points from esteemed wine reviewer Huon Hooke of The Real Review.
Huon describes the wine as ‘very delicate in the mouth, ultra-restrained and subtle, with piercing flavour in the straw/lemon range, the palate crisply drying and savoury, juicy at the core and deliciously fruity at the same moment.’
So, what’s inside? The fragrance of apple blossom and lemongrass on the nose is a classic hallmark of young Hunter Semillon. These delightful characteristics gracefully transition to the palate, accompanied by a refreshing citrus zest. The wine’s impeccable acid structure ensures a lingering, flavourful finish. While it's certainly enjoyable in its youth, the talc and lanolin nuances will evolve and deepen with extended ageing.
For a gift that will go that extra mile, this outstanding and historically significant Hunter Valley Semillon is destined to be a winner.
Let’s move on to our red wine selection of perfect gifts for wine lovers. These delicious reds are perfectly paired with food hampers or chocolates, but also work just as well by themselves. No matter the gift-giving occasion, you’re sure to win some well-deserved points with these three must-try Brokenwood red wines.
Hailing from our Lakeside Vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand, the exceptional 2020 Lakeside Vineyard Pinot Noir is a must-try for every red wine lover. This impressive wine marks the very first international release in Brokenwood's 50-year history, a venture that arose in response to the bushfires that affected Eastern Australia.
With a medium hue showcasing remarkable purple undertones, this wine is at its initial stage upon release at 12 months of age. The aromas continue to emphasise the fruit characteristics, accompanied by hints of charred oak. It's a substantial, youthful Pinot Noir exuding fragrant notes of dark cherries, inviting warm spices, and a touch of whole bunch complexity.
On the palate, the wine’s soft entry gives way to dark fruit flavours supported by well-ripened tannins. While the oak influence is discernible, it contributes significantly to the wine's overall complexity.
If you’re looking for a classic red wine that climbs just a little out of the box while staying true to its characteristic fruity boldness, this New Zealand bottle will make the perfect gift.
Buying a gift for a red wine lover, but not sure exactly what type of red they prefer? No matter their palate, the 2021 Area Blend Shiraz is a safe bet that’s sure to win your gift recipient’s heart.
This wine is a true testament to the Australian winemaking tradition of blending grapes from multiple regions, creating a harmonious and delicious finished product. Combining grapes from the Hunter Valley, Beechworth, and McLaren Vale, the Shiraz is marked by ripe dark cherries and plums on the nose, complemented by hints of French oak in the background.
The palate is rich with dominant flavours of ripe blackberry pastille, while the fine tannins, derived from both the fruit and oak, maintain an exquisite balance with the fruit. This delightful wine culminates in a long, enjoyable finish. It’s the perfect present for a classic Aussie barbecue, festive party, or wrapped gift.
Looking to get the party started with a crowd-pleasing yet impeccable delicious drink? When it comes to reds, the 2021 Vegas Block Shiraz is one of the best wine gifts to give. The grapes sourced from a specific block within our iconic Graveyard Vineyard, one which has undergone multiple replantings in the past four decades, incurring significant investments—reminiscent of a lavish Las Vegas expedition. At one point, we playfully contemplated labelling it as "Vega$" with the dollar sign, just for a touch of fun.
The wine’s medium-density appearance features alluring purple hints achieved through a 30% whole bunch/stalk technique. This imparts elevated aromas of red cherries and bramble, creating a fragrant, pretty nose. In the background, French oak contributes an additional subtle layer of complexity. The silky tannins harmonise beautifully with the savoury fruit, delivering a truly delicious experience with enduring length, characteristic of a light, dry red wine from the Hunter Valley.
This Shiraz will elevate your gift-giving experience while treating that special someone to a really exquisite red wine that’s drinking well now, but that will also age beautifully for many years to come.
Putting a memorable, cherished gift together is easier said than done. From selecting the gift itself to adding those extra gift toppers to wrapping it all up in one beautifully presented bow, there’s a lot that goes into a truly special present.
To streamline your gift-giving process, we’ve got a selection of delicious wine gift packs to choose from. From whites to reds to our ever-popular Rosato, these fabulous boxes never fail to impress.
Discover our wine gift box options, including:
Still not sure what might tickle their fancy? We know that shopping for something as particular as wine can be challenging, especially for those with particularly finessed palates. If that sounds like your conundrum, we recommend a Brokenwood Wines Gift Voucher. These versatile yet delightful wine gifts can be used both online and in-store at our Cellar Door in Pokolbin. And yes, this includes on-site wine tasting experiences.
Simply choose your desired value ($50, $100, or $200), purchase your gift voucher online, and we’ll email it to your special someone. If you’d prefer a hard copy, we can also mail the voucher straight to the gift recipient’s door.
Last but not least, why not give the gift of an unforgettable visit to Brokenwood Wines’ Cellar Door? Located in the beating heart of the Hunter Valley, our renowned vineyard is ready and waiting to accommodate every guest and every celebration.
Soak in the ambience of our sun-dappled vineyards, drive through rolling hills adorned with lush grapevines, and savour the tantalising aroma of aged oak barrels wafting through the air. Now, add the joyous clinking of glasses, the laughter of friends, and the unmistakable delight of sipping on liquid gold. Can you feel it? That's the enchanting world of wine, and at Brokenwood, we're here to make your gift-giving experience nothing short of magical.
Purchase your next Brokenwood Wines experience for the perfect gift they’ll cherish forever. You can let them choose with a redeemable gift voucher, or book ahead to organise a wine tasting or dining experience for them. Discover our many experience options and then leave it to our team to make yours an incredible visit.
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