Brokenwood `Graveyard Vineyard` Shiraz 2011 (3 x 750mL), Hunter Valley

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Overview

With no release in 2010, we welcome back the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, our 28th release.

All hand picked fruit and processing started with a 4 day cold soak then 4-5 day ferment at 26 to 28C. Three tonne open fermenters were used enabling hand plunging twice per day. Pressed off and run to oak with the malolactic fermentation in barrel. For this wine 100% French oak, including 10% larger format (500L) puncheons, approximately 40% new of the total oak.

Region:
NSW - Hunter Valley
State:
New South Wales
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Full but clear purple-crimson; as ever, an imperious wine, its power so relaxed you might walk by without stopping to gawk; blackberry, licorice and leather are sheathed in quality oak, the tannins exceptionally fine, but perfectly balanced; '11 was a very good Hunter Valley vintage. Rating 97 - Drink to 2040, James Halliday. Australian Wine Companion 2014

There is a silky grace to the great vintages of Graveyard, and enticing aromas of spice, incense and dried rose petals. Deep and enduring structure juxtaposes its elegance and understated exotic allure. Rating 96 - Tyson Stelzer, WBM (AUG/2013)

Deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2011 Graveyard Shiraz exudes aromas of freshly crushed blackberries, red cherries and violets with hints of cedar, cinnamon stick, vanilla and Szechuan pepper. At just 13% alcohol this light to medium-bodied Shiraz offers a great intensity of flavour in a very elegant package that is

supported by medium levels of finely-grained tannins, balanced acidity and a long finish. It should age very well and drink 2015 to 2026+ Rating 94 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com (JUL/2013)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Typical Hunter Valley dry red colour with mid density and young red tints, the standard for this wine as it is never 'dense black'.

Aroma/Palate

At 2 years old on release, bran meal/vanillan oak is evident with sufficient fruit to balance. Fruit characters are in the red savoury spectrum, almost cherry compote. These follow on to the medium bodied palate with plenty of sweet fruit.

Food Matching

Osso bucco or slow roasted lamb shoulder.

Cellaring

Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.

Vintage
2011
Region
NSW - Hunter Valley
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13%

Winery Profile

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At nearly 40 years young, Brokenwood Wines, in the heart of the Hunter Valley, can lay claim to not only an iconic vineyard with the Graveyard Vineyard but to the preservation of a wine fraternity that proudly has as its mission statement, 'to make great wine and have fun'.

The original land that was to become the Cricket Pitch Vineyard was purchased in 1970 and planted immediately to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Graveyard Vineyard, planted to Shiraz in 1968, was bought in 1978 and by the mid 1980s was producing a premium Single Vineyard wine. The first Langton's Classification of Premium Australian Wine was launched in 1993 and the Graveyard Shiraz was then, and remains, the highest-placed Hunter Valley Shiraz.

The Hunter Valley is renowned for its dry table wines of Semillon and Shiraz. Brokenwood's production of these is further supported by premium grapes from as far afield as Orange, Beechworth and McLaren Vale.

Today, Brokenwood boasts an impressive array of premium quality wines, sourced from 'all the right regions, for all the right reasons', from the Graveyard Shiraz to the Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Cricket Pitch Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot.

“Our philosophy is to produce wine that focuses on the unique regional characteristics of the Hunter Valley and premium wine regions throughout Australia.” Iain Riggs, Chief Winemaker & Managing Director, Brokenwood Wines.

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