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Brokenwood



Address :
www.whereis.com.au
McDonalds Road
Pokolbin  NSW
Phone : 02 4998 7559 
Fax : 02 4998 7893 
Email : sales@brokenwood.com.au
Web-site : www.brokenwood.com.au
Opening times : Daily: 10am-5pm

REVIEW:
An old favourite of Eat & Drink's Christopher Hayes, who even pruned vines and manned the cellar door in early days, Brokenwood has grown into a very sophisticated winery that retains cellar door charm of a winery a fraction of its size.
The wines are some of the best available in the Hunter, though part of the range comes from much further afield, with Graveyard Shiraz being one of Australia's most sought after collectors' wines.
A must-visit.



Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines has evolved from a weekend venture for self-professed hobby winemakers into one of Australiaýs most reputable wine labels.


The Brokenwood Vineyards

The original 10 acre block in the foothills of the Brokenback ranges - originally planned as a cricket ground for the local community - was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and later Shiraz.

The first vintage was picked in 1973. It was a labour of love for the partners, and the friends and families they conscripted to help, with the grapes being carried to the winery in buckets in the back seat of Len Evan's Bentley. Brokenwood's inaugural vintage yielded 75 dozen Cabernet-Shiraz. While none of the original partners claimed to know anything about viticulture, the wine received praise, and attracted a loyal following from its first vintage.

In 1975, a new winery was built to accommodate the growing production. The winery housed fermentation tanks and oak barrels, and, in dorm-style accommodation, the exhausted bodies of the many helpers who came to stay at Brokenwood, seduced by the promise of clean country air, fine food, wine and company in exchange for help on the vineyard. Visitors helped themselves to a taste of the very limited and eagerly sought "boutique" wine made by Halliday and his band of weekend winemakers from a table standing in the shade of the first floor balcony. Many of Australia's most prominent wine identities "did their time" in the vineyards at Brokenwood during the Seventies.

Growth was steady until the boom of 1978, when six new partners joined, allowing the purchase of the "Graveyard Vineyard". Designated as a graveyard by the local town planners, but never used as such, the block was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

The heavy clay soil resulted in vintages of low yield, but with extraordinary concentration of flavour in the berries, providing a distinctive wine style that is still evident in the Brokenwood range.

The Graveyard Vineyard created Brokenwood's flagship wine, the Graveyard Shiraz, which is still sourced exclusively from this one vineyard.

In the same year, Brokenwood sourced fruit from outside the Hunter Valley for the first time - Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawarra - which was blended with Hunter fruit to make a premium red, creating the style that has been synonymous with Brokenwood for the last 20 years.

In 1982, the company extended its range to include white wines - notably the jewel of the Hunter Valley, Semillon. With this broadened scope, the partners decided to consolidate further growth by appointing a chief winemaker/managing director.

Iain Riggs, a Roseworthy Honours graduate, joined Brokenwood in 1982, introducing new winery equipment and facilities specifically for premium white wine production. Brokenwood was now capable of producing high quality white wine, which, since 1983, has been a significant part of Brokenwoodýs total production.

Brokenwoodýs white wine portfolio continues to receive attention, particularly the Semillon.

The red wine portfolio enjoys a reputation that puts it alongside Australiaýs most famous and revered wines, and the Graveyard Shiraz is regularly considered in the Top 10 Australian wines by wine scribes and consumers alike.

Brokenwood's single district wines capture the unique regional characteristics of the fruit. The multi-district blend wines, such as the Cricket Pitch range, demonstrate the best of certain varieties in blends, such as the Cricket Pitch range, or as straight varietals such as the McLaren Vale/Hunter sourced Chardonnay and Shiraz. All fruit outsourced is from premium wine districts and selected to ensure the continuity of the Brokenwood style.

While the size of the company has grown, the operation remains deliberately labour intensive, being the only way of assuring the individuality of the wines.
 
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