Some would say that the change in weather fortunes (between the Hunter Valley and southern regions) for the 2011 vintage was overdue but then we copped the 2012 Hunter vintage. It not only put us in our place but added some on top. Brokenwood sources all its fruit from the Blewitt Springs/McLaren Flat end of McLaren Vale. This area did fair better in 2011.
- AUS - Multi-regional
Matured in French and American oak for 18 months; this is the opposite play to the '12 Quail from the same regions - there it was McLaren Vale helping the Hunter Valley component, here a very good Hunter Valley vintage supports the lesser McLaren Vale vintage. The colour is vivid purple, and the bouquet signals the intense and powerful dark fruit spectrum of the medium to full-bodied palate. A third of the price of Quail, and a cellaring super-special. Rating 95 - Drink by 2051, James Halliday, (MAR/2013)
Deep ruby. Musky blackberry, cherry pit and underbrush on the nose, with a subtle floral quality gaining strength with air. Youthful cherry and dark berry compote flavours are initially wound up but slowly flesh out, gaining sweetness and a smoky mocha quality. Finishes with peppery spice and cherry flavours and very good, sweet persistence. Rating 90 - Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Winery Tasting Notes
Even though an excellent Hunter vintage, Hunter Shiraz does not get huge colour density. In fact everything about this wine is medium bodied. Some purple edges evident and quite floral/rose petal aromas.
The palate has lovely weight and fruit spice flavours. The blend could almost be reversed such is the savoury nature of the Hunter Shiraz. Low oak impact and ripe tannins for a great finish.
Lamb, veal and pasta.
Enjoy now or over the next 5-10 years.