Brokenwood have just announced works have started on a new cellar door, cafe and restaurant. Their original cellar door was built in the 1970’s and has a wonderful rustic charm but is somewhat “intimate” as a tasting venue. The new design by Villa & Villa is destined to be a “Home in the Hunter.” The new space will have “wine pods” instead of the usual central tasting bar. The use of a Enomatic system will also allow tasting of rare drops and back vintages. A lookout and education space will also be built and dedicated to Brokenwood’s long standing Vineyard Manager, the late Keith Barry (KB). The new venue is due to open in late 2018 and the existing cellar door will be open during the build.
In the meantime, here’s my review of the 2016 stalwart Semillon.
Brokenwood, Semillon, Hunter Valley, 2016
Bright in the glass green highlights. Fruity aromas with verbena, lemon curd, lemongrass and lime juice. Approachable in youth with a frontal approach of rounder, lemon curd flavours, soft barley sugar and limey bittersweet, yet no mistaking the youthful acidity that still runs like the perennial undercurrent to carry the wine well into middle age. It crunches, it smacks, it delights. Lower alcohol means a Yum Cha treat when matched with Prawn Har Gow
Wine sample courtesy of Brokenwood