Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz 1999

  • Established in 1970 Brokenwood Wines is one of Australia's most reputable premium wine labels and a must-visit in the Hunter Valley.
  • Consistently listed as a 5 star winery, Brokenwood is home to the famous Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, the highly acclaimed ILR Reserve Semillon, and the popular Cricket Pitch Range.
  • 5 Red Red Star James Halliday Rated Winery
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  • James Halliday
    96 points
  • Campbell Mattin
    95 points

Editors notes

Brokenwood’s expressive Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz is the doyen of the Hunter Valley shiraz genre, following on from the great Lindeman’s Hunter River burgundies of the 1960s. The wine evokes superb individuality of the vineyard as well as showing profound regional definition, especially with the patina of age. It epitomises modernity and heritage yet retains a compelling freshness.


Food Pairings

  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday

    "Medium to full red-purple, oak is quite assertive on the complex bouquet, but the wine comes together on the palate which, while trenchantly demanding patience, has masses of earthy black fruit supported by excellent tannin management."
  • Campbell Mattinson

    "What a surprise packet. Gorgeous wine. An unheralded year but this is looking very smart. Balanced, classical, earthy, the expression of Hunter terroir clear and true. Very Hunter. An even fling of tannin. Ripe but not dense. Easy, effortless medium-weight. Lovely slippery creamy mouthfeel."

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About the brand Brokenwood

What began in 1970 as a weekend winemaking project in the Hunter Valley for three Sydney solicitors has gone on to become one of Australia’s most iconic wineries. Established by none other than James Halliday, Tony Albert, and John Beeston, Brokenwood started out as a part-time passion but bigger things beckoned and over the years, Brokenwood has boasted a roll call of winemakers to boot, notably current chief winemaker and managing director, Iain Riggs, who joined the team in 1982.

Iain shook things up on his arrival, introducing new winery equipment and the first white wines to the Brokenwood portfolio. Since then, Brokenwood’s reputation as a white winemaker has come to equal its one as a red wine producer, with its flagship ILR Reserve Semillon and Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz highly sought after around the world.

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