Shiraz Hunter McLaren Vale New South Wales
Hunter Valley Shiraz is defined by its poise, a medium bodied style of lighter hues, elegant restraint and supple tannins. Brokenwood also retain vineyards a little further afield, amongst the Blewitt Springs and McLaren Flats of McLaren Vale. The fruit here makes a wine of greater substance and palate weight. An assemblage of Shiraz from both regions achieves a concord of astonishing balance, the chocolateyness of McLaren Vale coats the crisp red fruits of the Hunter, coalescing into a dulcet cherry ripe of tensile tannins and background coconut oak.
Harvests of Shiraz are assembled at the Brokenwood wineworks in Pokolbin. The McLaren Vale component is crushed within site of the vineyard and cold settled during the journey to Hunter Valley. Batches are treated to a combination of open and roto red fermenters, pressed off skins for malolactic and racked into a selection of seasoned and new French and American oak barrels for eighteen months maturation.
Garnet with purple hues. A bright nose of floral, savoury leaf and rose petal aromas, currants, pepper and plum. Lovely weight of blackberry, currants and spiced fruit flavours are supported by gentle oak impact and splendid length of ripe tannins, a persistent ripeness of fruit characters and carob savouryness, before a splendid, lingering finish.