2021 Brokenwood Semillon


Region: Hunter Valley, NSW

Viticulture: Conventional

Winemaker: Stuart Hordern

Established Date: 1970

 Harvesting was all done by hand. The fruit was crushed, chilled and pressed immediately. Neutral yeasts were used for the fermentation and bottled in May. No oak and no malolactic ferment, only stainless steel. Vibrant in colour – a touch more than usual due to the warm year. Slightly richer in style than the previous years,

Sommelier’s Recommendation: A classic Hunter Valley Semillon to enjoy now or age gracefully. Mouth filling flavours of pear and lemon, balancing the zesty acid backbone. Perfect as aperitif, with oysters or by itself is the wine for every time of the day. I had the pleasure to taste it with Stuart the winemaker IN the vineyard where the grapes are growing: an experience that changed my mind completely on this amazing grape variety.


Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines has evolved from a weekend venture for self-professed hobby winemakers into one of Australia’s most reputable wine labels. It was a labour of love for the partners, and the friends and family they conscripted to help who were seduced by the promise of clean country air, fine wine, food and company in exchange for help on the vineyard. Everyone pitched in to pick the grapes which were carried to the winery in buckets in the back seat of Len Evans’ Bentley.  Weary bodies were put up in dorm-style accommodation which still remains today.

Growth was steady until the boom of 1978, when six new partners joined, allowing the purchase of the next door Graveyard Vineyard. Originally destined to be a cemetery for the Parish of Pokolbin, it was never used as such and instead planted with Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon.

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