Saturday, May 28, 2011


- Lower Hunter Valley, NSW
- $29-$42
- Screwcap
- 13.5%alc

I recall an old wine saying that goes; 'the Hunter Valley produces Australia's best shiraz, but only once every 20 years.' Given some favourable recent vintages (2007 in particular), growing consumer enthusiasm for the style and the Hunter's current crop of talented winemakers, I think we could safely reduce that figure now.

Oh yeah; perfectly even, ripe, simultaneously bright and savoury, Brokenwood's 2007 Shiraz throws up a handsome swagger of dry scents initially; pencil shavings and multi-faceted cedar/vanilla/chocolate oak, with an extremely attractive core of leather-edged, juicy red and blackcurrants and licorice pumping up the attraction even more. It smells of wicked, bright and ripe Hunter shiraz, but the palate takes things up a notch again. It drives a near perfect, direct line of classically elegant, medium-weighted regional flavours, balancing bright, juicy berries and red plums with earth, licorice and a hint of leather, before a long, dry, truly fine finish continues the vibrant display with a lithe acidity and lingering savoury/smoky aspects. From first sniff to lively aftertaste, its composition is superb.

ü+ Just a brilliantly styled Hunter Valley shiraz, particularly considering its price. I'm already planning my next trip to the bottle shop to buy out their remaining stocks. Drink to 2022.
95 points

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