First made in 1983, the Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Hunter Valley Shiraz has been
described by Langton’s Andrew Caillard as the “Hunter Valley ‘s greatest red wine of the
contemporary era,” and is one of only 16 wines classified as ‘Exceptional’, the top
designation in the Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine V.
The vineyard land was originally earmarked for the Pokolbin cemetery back in 1882 but
the plans never eventuated; hence the unusual name for the vineyard. Some of the shiraz
vines are descendants of colonial vine-stock, and they generally struggle to survive in the
shallow top soil on red clay over loam populated with pockets of ironstone. Consequently,
yields are low and the grapes have a high skin to juice ratio, creating saturated colours
and intense flavours in the wine. -- "A deservedly fashionable winery producing consistently excellent wines. Its big-selling Hunter Semillon provides the volume to balance the limited quantities of the flagships ILR Semillon and Graveyard Shiraz. Brokenwood purchased the Graveyard Vineyard from Hungerford Hill in '78 and has been working to totally rehabilitate the vineyard over the ensuing decades. It's been a vine by vine exercise, with a degree of experimentation of rootstocks and clonal material from other, even older vineyards. Next there is a range of wines coming from regions including Beechworth (a major resource is the associated Indigo Vineyard), Orange, Central Ranges, McLaren Vale, Cowra and elsewhere. In 2017 Iain Riggs celebrated his 35th vintage at the helm of Brokenwood, offering a unique mix of winemaking skills, management of a diverse business, and an unerring ability to keep Brokenwood's high profile fresh and newsworthy." James Halliday
What The Critics Say
99/100 Halliday's Wine Companion, James Halliday
"One of Australia's icon wines, the vines 49yo. The decision not to use any new French oak, and to limit the alcohol to 13.5% has resulted in a wine with a unique sense of place. It is also superbly balanced, dark fruits married to superfine tannins, another feature of a classic medium-bodied Hunter shiraz. I'm sure that Maurice O'Shea would approve of these wines." Drink by 2047
97/100 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." Drink 2025+
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