Brokenwood Four Winds Vineyard Shiraz 2016

Brokenwood Four Winds Vineyard Shiraz 2016

Brokenwood Four Winds Vineyard Shiraz 2016

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Winemaking and Drinking

The Brokenwood Four Winds Vineyard Shiraz 2016 is a remarkable expression of Australian winemaking, hailing from the renowned Hunter Valley in New South Wales. The origins of this exceptional Shiraz can be traced back to the meticulous selection of grapes from the Four Winds Vineyard, a site known for its ideal terroir and climate that are quintessential for producing premium Shiraz.

The Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, provides a unique combination of warm, sunny days and cool nights, along with well drained, sandy loam soils. This combination results in grapes that achieve optimal ripeness while retaining their natural acidity. The Four Winds Vineyard, situated on the higher slopes of the Hunter Valley, benefits from these conditions, fostering the growth of grapes with intense flavors and balanced tannins.

Brokenwood Wines, established in 1970, has a long-standing reputation for excellence. The winery’s commitment to quality is evident in their meticulous vineyard management and innovative winemaking techniques. The 2016 vintage was marked by a long growing season with minimal rainfall, allowing the Shiraz grapes to develop concentrated flavors and a robust structure.

Tasting Notes

The Brokenwood Four Winds Vineyard Shiraz 2016 showcases a deep ruby color with purple hues, indicating its youthful vibrancy. On the nose, it opens with an aromatic bouquet of ripe blackberries, dark plums, and a hint of black pepper, intertwined with subtle notes of violet and oak-derived spices such as vanilla and clove.

On the palate, this Shiraz is full-bodied and rich, offering layers of dark fruit flavors including blackberry, black cherry, and cassis. These fruit characteristics are complemented by savory undertones of licorice, dark chocolate, and earthy nuances. The wine's structure is defined by firm yet velvety tannins, balanced acidity, and a long, persistent finish with a touch of minerality. Its complexity and depth make it a perfect candidate for cellaring, with potential to evolve beautifully over the next decade.

Awards and Recognition

The Brokenwood Four Winds Vineyard Shiraz 2016 has garnered significant acclaim both domestically and internationally. It has received the following notable awards:

  • Gold Medal at the 2018 Hunter Valley Wine Show, reflecting its superior quality and craftsmanship.
  • Silver Medal at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, showcasing its wide appeal and excellence.
  • 95 Points from James Halliday’s Wine Companion, a testament to its outstanding balance and complexity.

Internationally, the wine has been praised by critics and enthusiasts alike, solidifying its reputation as a distinguished Shiraz on the global stage.

Sourced Vineyard

The Four Winds Vineyard, the exclusive source of grapes for this wine, is a testament to the commitment of Brokenwood Wines to sourcing the best possible fruit. This vineyard is characterized by its meticulous vine management practices, including careful pruning, canopy management, and sustainable farming techniques. These practices ensure that the grapes achieve the perfect balance of flavor, acidity, and tannin structure.

In conclusion, the Brokenwood Four Winds Vineyard Shiraz 2016 is a superb representation of Hunter Valley Shiraz. Its origins, marked by a unique terroir and expert winemaking, combined with its impressive tasting profile and award-winning pedigree, make it a standout wine for both connoisseurs and casual enthusiasts alike. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future delight, this Shiraz promises a memorable experience.

Wine TypeRed wine
StateNew South Wales
RegionCanberra District
Volume750 mL