Brokenwood was established in 1970 by a trio of Sydney-based solicitors, in the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. The original block was destined to be a cricket ground for the local community but was instead planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Today Brokenwood are one of the finest producers in the Hunter Valley.
Run for the past 35 years by Iain Lesley Riggs who gives this top Semillon bottling, which is held back for 6 years to develop bottle maturity before release, its name. This is only produced in the best years, and the 2013 vintage was selected as Australian wine critic James Halliday’s Semillon of the year.
Wine buyer tasting notes:
‘This is packed with tangy lemon/lime, toasted almonds, candied orange zest, the typical buttered toast and hints of kerosene. With only 11% alcohol it is silky, weightless and immensely complex. A perfect wine for summer-drinking, and a fabulous match with seafood and light starters. I find Hunter Semillons are strangely enough often over-looked, and especially when they have developed some bottle age, they offer so much joy. This can be drunk now, but you can equally as well cellar it for another 10 years to get even more complexity and joy.’Anja Breit, Philglas & Swiggot