Brokenwood Chardonnay 2014 ~ Cowra NSW, Beechworth VIC, Orange NSW

Outstanding - 94pts
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016


Tasting Notes

Excellent green tints through the pale yellow colour. This wine still has plenty of tropical fruit and background oak. Lees stirring gives a ‘bran meal’ flavour and texture to the palate. The wine tastes quite ‘young’, that is lots of fresh citrus and stone fruit flavours supported by perfect acidity. We have seen these wines (plus the advantage of screw cap) slowing age and develop lovely bottle age characters. Very good finish and length to the wine.

Winemakers Comments

Warm and dry conditions in both our NSW and Victorian vineyards in 2013 allowed us to produce a wine with excellent depth and varietal flavour. 

Brokenwood, along with a large number of Chardonnay producers are picking much earlier than say, 10 years ago. Partly due to the fact that a lot of vineyards are reaching maturity and therefore have great fruit flavor and concentration at lower sugars. Also the demand from consumers is for more finely structured Chardonnay, so lower alcohols and less oak.


Oxidative handling resulting in low phenolics and ultimately greater complexity. A combination of pure yeast ferments, with small parcels of wild ferments.


Rich seafoods, pasta and light meat dishes.


A great example of Brokenwood's layered Chardonnay and is an excellent drink for now or over the short term. The use of screw cap will ensure consistent aging.

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