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Monday 28 March 2011

Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz 2007

As Penfold’s Bin 389 is oft referred to as ‘Baby Grange’, Brokenwood’s Hunter Valley Shiraz could be seen as a ‘Baby Graveyard’ - although as a newish father that term troubles me somewhat - for it is made from fruit off the same vineyard as Brokenwood's top tier wine. This would be declassified fruit along with fruit off of younger vines.

This wine was received as a sample for the #HunterWine tweet up on the 28th March 2011.  It is what I expect from traditional Hunter Shiraz: leather, earth, with primary fruit shining through - supported by oak and vanilla from that.

It was silken, medium bodied. There was textural interest in the middle. It was intoxicating, inviting me back for more. But what also shone through was the balance between these constituent parts. 

At its conclusion, the wine delivered some fine tannin. I caught a final hint of liquorice right at the wine's end. But it had me coming back for more. 

Source: Sample
Price: $40 RRP
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap


  1. Good work, Stu loved the comment about baby graveyard - very disconcerting. Nice note.

  2. Alas, whilst I thought I was being witty and original, I subsequently found on a search for a bottle image that Mr Pringle had dropped the phrase some 18 months previous.

    Ah well, didn't detract from the exemplary quality drinking.