Graveyard Vineyard is the jewel in the Brokenwood crown, responsible for the company's flagship white and red wines. The vineyard was initially planted with Shiraz vines in 1970. With extremely heavy clay soils, yields are low, but fruit flavour is intense through employment of meticulous vinification techniques. The plans from the original cemetery, dating back to 1882, which occupied the land are displayed in the Brokenwood tasting room.
- NSW - Hunter Valley
- New South Wales
Deep purple-crimson, it proclaims its breed and quality from the first whiff, overflowing with black fruits, tannins and oak in support. It will slowly gain notes of earth, briar and polished leather as it develops in bottle, the screwcap giving it an indefinite life span. Drink to 2035. Rating 96 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Edition 2011
Rating 92 - 2009 International Wine Cellar: Australian Report
The most highly sought-after and prized Australian wines on the market Exceptional - 2010 Langton's Classification of Australian Wine
Winery Tasting Notes
Excellent deep colour and youthful tints
Strong lifted aroma’s of sweet earth and dark cherry.
The oak (nearly all French) is obvious in this as a young wine but will soften and integrate. Initial flavours of dark chocolate and ripe plums. These are supported by beautifully ripe tannins giving a slight cedar edge. There is mocha/vanillin from the oak but this is in balance with the fruit characters. Perhaps a ‘solid’ Graveyard Shiraz as opposed to a ‘big’ wine but a skilfully made Hunter from a hot, dry year.
Osso bucco and oven roasted goat.
The middle year of three dry vintages and very similar to the 1998.
The rainfall record for the Lower Hunter Valley shows an average rainfall of 800mm calculated between 1919 and 2006. However since 1992 there has not been one year at that average – 14 years all up. A similar period occurred between 1932 and 1948.The year 2006 was one of the driest on record with a miserly 416mm. A dry 2006 vintage continued until rain (133mm) in September. Brokenwood as usual commenced irrigation well before budburst. A further 30mm in early November kept the vines going as water restrictions became a reality.
Cooler weather over Christmas gave short-lived respite. High temperatures and low ground water meant an early start to picking with Brokenwood kicking off on the 17th of January, a week later than others in the Valley.
The harvest was one of our shortest with the first reds in on the 8th February. The first of the old vines was a week later and the vintage all wrapped up by the 18th. The low yields made it all very quick.
Medals & Trophies
Bronze Medal, Hunter Valley Wine Show 2009