2017 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz

2017 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz

99 Points James Halliday
2017 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz
99 Points James Halliday

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An icon of Australian wine, the Brokenwood shiraz is a collector's item. It is sourced in very old vines in one of the Hunter Valleys oldest vineyards, where very low crops produce a wine of instense complexity and age-worthiness. Volumes of this treasure are very low, so don't wait to grab it.

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$199.00 in mixed 6+ or $222.00 per bottle




Its Origins

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+

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Shiraz / Syrah

  • Colour


  • Region

    Hunter Valley

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


  • Maturity

    2025 - 2047

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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