BROKENWOODGRAVEYARD SHIRAZ 2018
Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz 2018
The Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz has long been recognised for its quality and history; it was included in the first Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine, and in 2010 elevated to the top Exceptional category, which it still holds today.
Viticulturist Keith Barry helped plant the site in 1968 and managed the vines for more than 30 years until his passing in 2016. Today, his daughter Katrina Barry manages the vineyard, having worked the land since age 12.
Brokenwood purchased the Graveyard Vineyard in 1978, originally destined to be the Pokolbin cemetery, although was never used as such.
A single block of mainly 50yo vines. Take a bottle with you to drink with Maurice O'Shea and he'll be ecstatic. It's supple, perfectly balanced, a pure expression of a quirky vineyard that has been the work of winemaker Iain Riggs for 4 decades. '18 was a great vintage, and he pinged it.
James Halliday – 99 pts
A powerful vintage and a powerful iteration of Hunter Valley shiraz, this has aromas of fresh blackberries, violets, blackcurrants, dark spices, tarry notes and a gently leafy edge. The palate has very compact, smoothly defined and long, powerful style with bold, essence-like blackberry and black-cherry flavors. Velvety, rich and seamless. Concentrated and focused. Fine to drink now, but better from 2025. Screw cap.
James Suckling – 98 pts