Brokenwood Wines

Brokenwood Wines

6 products
    6 products


    A Storied Beginning

    Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines is a name synonymous with excellence and innovation in the Australian wine industry. The winery's inception was the brainchild of three Sydney-based solicitors—James Halliday, Tony Albert, and John Beeston—who, driven by their shared passion for wine, decided to purchase a 10-acre plot in the Hunter Valley. This land, once intended to be a hobby vineyard, quickly evolved into a pioneering venture that would shape the landscape of Australian winemaking.

    The Evolution

    From its humble beginnings, Brokenwood has grown significantly. Initially, the focus was on Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the first vintage produced in 1973. Over time, the winery expanded its repertoire, embracing a range of varietals that showcased the diverse terroir of its vineyards. The 1978 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz was a landmark release, cementing Brokenwood's reputation for producing exceptional single-vineyard wines.

    Winemaker: Stuart Hoarden

    The Winemaker

    At the helm of Brokenwood's winemaking team is Chief Winemaker Stuart Hordern. With a career spanning over two decades, Hordern brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of viticulture and enology. His approach combines traditional techniques with modern innovation, ensuring that each wine not only reflects the distinctiveness of its terroir but also meets the highest standards of quality.

    Hordern's dedication to sustainable practices and minimal intervention winemaking underscores Brokenwood's commitment to environmental stewardship and excellence. His expertise and passion are instrumental in maintaining the winery's reputation as a leader in the Australian wine industry.

    The Wines

    Brokenwood's commitment to quality and innovation is evident in its diverse range of wines. The winery produces both classic and contemporary styles, each reflecting the unique characteristics of their respective vineyards.

    • Shiraz: The flagship Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz is a prime example of Hunter Valley excellence, with deep, complex flavors and a smooth, lingering finish. Other notable Shiraz offerings come from McLaren Vale, known for their bold, fruity profiles.
    • Chardonnay: Brokenwood's Beechworth Chardonnay is renowned for its elegance and balance, featuring notes of citrus, stone fruit, and a subtle oak influence. This wine exemplifies the finesse and structure achievable in cool-climate regions.
    • Semillon: Another standout from the Hunter Valley, Brokenwood's Semillon is celebrated for its crisp acidity, vibrant citrus flavors, and remarkable aging potential. This varietal is a testament to the region's unique winemaking heritage.
    • Pinot Noir: The Beechworth Pinot Noir offers a delicate and complex profile, with red berry flavors, earthy undertones, and a silky texture. This wine highlights the versatility and refinement of Brokenwood's portfolio.

    Flagship Wines

    The ILR Reserve Semillon is named after Iain Leslie Riggs, who joined the winery in 1982. Iain has taken Brokenwood from a small 'hobby' winery into the national and international arena, and was the driving force in Brokenwood extending the range to white wines.

    The ILR Reserve Semillon is an aged white wine that receives no oak. After tasting the wine over the first three years the decision was made to release at 5 years bottle age, in other words to have some bottle development but capable of aging further. In terms of winemaking it was a case of low (and now, zero) skin contact and neutral yeast.

    The ILR Reserve Semillon has been awarded ‘Best Semillon’ in the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion twice, most recently with the 2014 vintage released in 2020. The Hunter Valley is famous for Semillon production, and is a perfect fit for the nearby Sydney wining and dining culture with its grassy fruit lift on both nose and palate.

    Accolades and Recognition

    Brokenwood's wines have garnered numerous awards and accolades over the years, solidifying the winery's status as a producer of world-class wines. Highlights include:

    • James Halliday Wine Companion: Consistently high ratings, with several wines earning scores above 95 points. The Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz has been particularly celebrated, often described as one of Australia's finest.
    • International Wine Competitions: Brokenwood wines have achieved prestigious awards at events such as the International Wine Challenge and the Decanter World Wine Awards, recognizing their quality and craftsmanship on a global stage.
    • Domestic Awards: The winery has received multiple trophies and gold medals at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, the Sydney Royal Wine Show, and other prominent Australian wine competitions.