Brokenwood Wines, in the heart of the Hunter Valley, can lay claim to not only an iconic vineyard with the Graveyard Vineyard but to the preservation of a wine fraternity that proudly has as its mission statement, 'to make great wine and have fun.' The Hunter Valley is renowned for its dry table wines of Semillon and Shiraz. Brokenwood's production of these is further supported by premium grapes sources 'from all the right regions for all the right reasons' such as Orange, Beechworth and McLaren Vale.
Beechworth neighbour Rick Kinzbrunner from Giaconda has had immense success with his Beechworth Chardonnay, highlighting the great quality of this region. The Indigo property has different soils, aspect, clones and vine age, but it is another great example of what this region can do for Chardonnay. Minimum winemaker input to let the regional characteristics shine through. In Beechworth, two things really stand out; the consistent high quality of the grapes as the vines approach 20years, and the stability of the weather.
Careful winemaking and a very hands-off approach has resulted in a beautiful green-tinted yellow colour, with pear and grapefruit aromas, and some Beechworth ‘bran meal’ notes. Low ‘struck match’ characters and a perfect line of acidity running through the palate gives this wine a fine texture.
Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in French barriques and puncheons (30% new), matured for 7-8 months. A more cabernet sauvignon bouquet and more drive on the intense palate build on foundations of grapefruit and white peach fruit, sparkling acidity to close. Drink to: 2031; Price: $66.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2020; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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