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Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015

Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc2015

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Classic tropical pineapple, melon and lemon aromas. Soft and rounded citrus zest flavours make the first entry onto the palate. Rich, generous and fruit forward. Zingy finish.

Why we love it: 

Beautiful expression of Sauvignon Blanc

Drink with: 

Poached chicken and bulgar wheat salad

Tech

Country
Sub-Region
Hunter Valley
Blend Info.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol by Vol.
12%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
Now - 2020
Serving Temp.
7 - 12°
Closure
Screw Cap

Producer

Brokenwood

Brokenwood was established in 1970 in the Hunter Valley and has become one of Australia’s premier wineries. The site of the first vineyard was originally intended to be a cricket ground but was bought by Sydney solicitors Tony Albert, John Beeston and James Halliday (later the famous winemaker/wine critic), who planted cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. Their first vintage was picked in 1973, and despite the original partners claiming to know little about viticulture, their wine quickly gained followers and much praise. New winery facilities were constructed in 1975 in order to deal with the increased production, and in 1978, adjacent land named the Graveyard Vineyard (due to unrealised plans to turn it into a cemetery) was purchased, which would later become the source for their flagship red wine. White grapes soon followed, with plantings of semillon, seen as a specialty of the Hunter region.

In addition to the vineyards in the Hunter Valley, Brokenwood also sources fruit from Beechworth (Victoria), McLaren Vale (South Australia), Margaret River (Western Australia), and from Orange and other vineyards in New South Wales, offering a variety of single-region wines and multi-region blends. Brokenwood’s flagship wine is the Graveyard Shiraz, sourced from the eponymous vineyard, and is only released in exceptional years when the highest-quality fruit is available. On several occasions, Brokenwood has ‘declassified’ a vintage (that is, use the grapes destined for their best wine to make a “second wine”), in order to maintain their high standards. Brokenwood also offers: the Quail Shiraz, a superb blend of fruit from the McLaren Vale and Hunter Valley; the HBA Shiraz, a blend of fruit from the aforementioned regions which is released after being in bottle for ten years; and the ILR Semillon (named after chief winemaker Iain Leslie Riggs), which is released after being in bottle for six years, to make the most of Semillon’s capacity to look its best after some ageing.

Brokenwood’s new cellar door is an architectural beauty, designed to showcase the enjoyment of great wine, with The Cru Bar + Pantry and The Wood Restaurant offering food, coffee and wine daily. Visit the Brokenwood website for more information on their range.

Region

New South Wales

New South Wales is an Australian wine powerhouse, accounting for almost a third of Australia’s output. The state has 16 wine regions, resulting in a huge amount of diversity in the terroir and climate and allowing for a range of varieties to be grown, each with their own distinctive trademark flavours. Although NSW is Australia’s second largest wine producing state, it’s also the most populated state, resulting in more wine being consumed than produced.

If you’re seeking a stunning white wine, that search may just end here. With over half of the wine produced in NSW being white grape varieties, it would be hard not to find something palate pleasing. The most famed variety is Semillon, with a particular focus on produce from the Hunter Valley – the country’s oldest continuous wine region and home to over 150 premium wine producers. An honourable mention goes out to the Rieslings and Chardonnays that flow from the state’s regions.

Speaking of Chardonnay, not only was NSW the state where the first Australian Chardonnay was planted, it’s also the country’s oldest wine region. The grapes were brought over on the first fleet to arrive in the country and planted in Sydney Cove in 1788. Since then, the number of wineries has exploded to over 485, boasting over 330 cellar doors and over 40,000 hectares under vine.