Brokenwood Indigo Shiraz 2013 ~ Beechworth Victoria

Tasting Notes

Perfect youthful colour and a medium to dense depth. Aromas are red fruit spectrum – cherry and red spice with some vanillin, continuing on the initial flavours with lovely ‘weight’. Ripe fruit/ripe tannins and subtle oak from the 12 months in new French oak. As the vines get older, the quality of the fruit is definitely getting better and better. An excellent medium bodied Shiraz.

Winemakers Comments

Along with clonal selected cuttings, we now have Selection Massale Shiraz. These cuttings were taken from the Graveyard Vineyard, Rayner Vineyard, Wade Block 2 and Seville Estate. We had enough fruit to vinify as separate batches and then each barrel tasted to give a final small bottling of our Indigo Vineyard Shiraz.

Every wine country and region has an ongoing debate over the pros and cons of selection massale versus clonal selection. The latter gives a vineyard of identical genetic make-up as opposed to the historic but random nature of the grape genetic material in massale.

The ‘State of Origin’ block on the Graveyard Vineyard mirrors the Indigo planting and future comparisons are keenly awaited.

Following the success of the 2012 vintage for the Beechworth region, fingers were crossed for 2013. A perfect winter with 670mm of rain and then a fine and warm spring/summer. Picking was again early to capture the best fruit flavours.


Processing started with 3-4 day cold soaking and then a 4-5 day ferment with hand plunging. Maturation was for 12 months in a new 2800L French oak cask, giving beautifully integrated oak.


Red meat dishes and cheese.


Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.

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