Brokenwood HBA Shiraz 2004 ~ McLaren Vale Hunter Valley

Tasting Notes

A perfect marriage of ripe, opulent low alcohol, and medium bodied Shiraz. The warm McLaren Vale season gives a dark berry chocolate depth to the bouquet and flavours. At nearly 11 years old on release, the polished leather/shellac characters and soft tannins make for immediate enjoyment. The Graveyard Vineyard component gives the wine its red earth character and savory acidity. A perfect example of aged Australian Shiraz.

Winemakers Comments

The genesis for the blend lies with all the great regional blends made in Australia in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Master winemakers like O’Shea, Preece and Haselgrove knew that different regions offered different characters. Many have been fortunate enough 40 or 50 years later to taste these blends and are staggered by their sublime character.

The Hardy’s Private Bin Burgundy was the best vat of the St Thomas Burgundy range, aged and then released later. This was a blend of usually just Hunter Shiraz and McLaren Vale Shiraz.

These wines provided the inspiration for the HBA. This wine is our second HBA under screw cap.

2004 provided a cool Hunter vintage but a warm, ripe fruit year in McLaren Vale.


For the Graveyard, a 4 day cold soak, 5 day ferment in 2 tonne fermenters, and malolactic fermentation in new French oak. For the Rayner, fermentation takes place in roto red fermenters over a 6 day period. Malolactic fermentation also takes place. The wine is matured in new American oak.


Best with lamb or lighter meat dishes.


Will continue to age but is, importantly, ready to drink now.

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