Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz 2017  Front Label
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Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz 2017

  • JS97
  • RP93
  • WS90
750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Ripe fruit notes of dark plum and cherry along with background vanillin oak. Rich in color with deep red tints, due to the low yield and low juice-to-skin ratio. Dry ripe tannins give perfect structure and carry the sweet fruit right to the back palate. An impressive wine, which is a great follow on from the 2014 vintage. Subtle but powerful.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 97
James Suckling
An exceptional and warm vintage has delivered a mighty Graveyard with a super complex nose that offers rich dark plums and berries with a wealth of rich, meaty black olives and assertive tannins. The red-plum flavors thread long through polished, clear-cut tannins. First release since 2014. Complex. Best from 2025.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An icon of the Hunter Valley, Brokenwood's 2017 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz is a solid vintage for this wine but maybe not among the absolute best. It comes out of the bottle in a reticent funk, wreathed in reductive notes of rubber and tar, then gradually reveals more of its true character in subdued scents of leather, red currants and peppery spice. With no new oak used in its maturation, it's tight and focused on the medium-bodied palate, limned with fine-grained, silky tannins that persist on the lengthy finish. Decant it for air if serving it in the next five years or so, and decant it after that to take it off its sediment. Rating: 93+
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Supple and juicy, with accents of black licorice, tobacco and black pepper to complement the wild berry, plum, mineral and herbal accents. Harmonious on the finish, with dense, strong black tea–like tannins. Drink now through 2032.
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Brokenwood, Australia
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Although based in Hunter Valley, Brokenwood’s practice of multi-district blending has been a major part of the company's philosophy since fruit from other regions was first sought in 1978. This unique approach and the resulting quality wines have cemented Brokenwood's place as one of Australia's most revered and consistent labels.

Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines has evolved from a weekend venture for self-professed hobby winemakers into one of Australia's most reputable wine labels. Brokenwood was established by a trio of Sydney-based solicitors who then paid a record price of $970 per acre for a 10-acre block in the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. The original block, initially planned as a cricket round for the local community, was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and later Shiraz. The first vintage picked in 1973 yielded plenty of praise and a loyal following that eventually led to increased production and the creation of a new winery just two years later.

Growth was steady until 1978 when six new partners joined allowing for the purchase of the Graveyard Vineyard the vineyard that produces the winery's flagship wine. When in 1982 Brokenwood decided to diversify into white wines, they appointed Iain Riggs as winemaker and managing director. Just a year after diversifying into white wine production, Brokenwood's output was 70 percent white.

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Hunter Valley Wine

New South Wales, Australia

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Most admired for citrus-driven, mineral-rich and often age-worthy Semillon wines, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and was home to its very first commercial vineyards. The region’s warm summer nights coupled with autumn cloud cover and cool sea breezes allow full ripening and healthy acidity levels for Semillon; its diverse soils of volcanic basalt and white alluvial sands promote the development of Semillon’s delicate aromas. Hunter Valley Semillons can certainly be enjoyed in their youth but with 10 to 20 years in the cellar, the best examples develop intriguing notes of honey, browned butter and roasted nuts.

Chardonnay and Shiraz also do well in Hunter Valley.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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