Shiraz McLaren Hunter Wrattonbully South Australia
A seamless red wine, brimming with the requisite panache of all things Brokenwood, centred around a backbone of intensely flavoured McLaren Vale Shiraz. The winemaking team are always keen to find dedicated growers with superior vineyards who are on the ball about the quality of fruit that's central to the Brokenwood label. A heightened level of complexity is at the core, fashioned to express the character and charm of each vineyard, generously proportioned and layered with ripe, juicy flavours, followed by a satisfyingly savoury, mouthfilling finish.
Brokenwood was founded by a trio of Sydney based solicitors, Tony Albert, John Beeston and James Halliday, who together paid a record price of $970 per acre for a precious, ten acre property at the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. The vineyard's first block, originally planned as a cricket ground for the local community, became planted to some of the country's most precious Shiraz vines. Parcels are vinified in a mix of open and roto red fermenters over the course of several days, a component finishes its ferment in oak. All batches complete malolactic before being treated to an extended maturation in a mix of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels.
Deep red, purple hues. Plenty of dark berry aromas, sweet oak marrying well. Spices and festive pudding characters on the rich, lengthy palate, liqueur cherry flavours and fleshy plum, supported by fine oak. Tannins are soft and ripe, nothing heavy about this wine at all, but it fills the palate, lingering pleasantly and long. Drink now alongside juicy lamb, crackling pork or succulent veal.