It’s pretty much a free kick that, when it comes to producing top quality wine, vineyards in the Hunter are up there with the nation’s, nay, the world’s best.
Well, that fact has been recognised again with Pokolbin winery Brokenwood Wines taking out three gongs in the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards.
Announced via a live-streamed event last week, the winery’s 2018 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz was named wine of the year as well as best Shiraz in the Varietals category, while its 2014 ILR Reserve was named as the best overall Semillon.
A judging panel of six industry experts had the unenviable task of tasting around 10,000 Australian wines, which netted 21 total winners across six major categories – winery, wine, winemaker, best value winery, best new winery and best dark horse winery – and 16 varietal categories.
They say that quality doesn’t come cheap and that is certainly true with these two wine champs.
These aren’t the kind of wines you’re likely to find at a chilled-out weekend BBQ, or being quaffed along with a Woolies antipasti platter while watching The Bachelor.
In fact, the 2018 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz will set you back $350, while the 2014 ILR Reserve comes in at a much more frugal $100.
If you’re keen to see what all the fuss is about, both of these wines are available to pre-order now on the Brokenwood website. The 2018 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz will be released on 1 November, while the 2014 ILR Reserve will be made available on 1 October.