Brackenwood Vineyard / Adelaide Hills, Sa

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Biodynamic Minimal Intervention Wines From A Beautiful Adelaide Hills Estate

Owner Damon Nagel started life as a sommelier in Adelaide, moving to London to further his wine education whilst working in top end dining restaurants. Achieving success in London property, he would eventually return to Adelaide, purchasing the beautiful undulating Brackenwood farm in the early 2000s, first releasing wines from vintage 2005.

Winemaking is today overseen by Daniel Zuzolo, ex Primo Estate, with the stable offering interesting blends and lesser seen plantings of Barbera and Gamay alongside more traditional offerings such as Shiraz and Riesling.

Growing and winemaking is strictly along biodynamic lines, with no additions bar minimal sulphur at bottling. A pure set of releases very much at home alongside Felixir’s European offerings, fun styles of personality with enough depth and interest to be taken seriously.

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  • Brackenwood Syrah 2020

    $ 32.00 incl. GST

    A nod to Brackenwood’s very first release in 2005, 2020 sees a portion of carbonic maceration returning to its Shiraz. A fine style, quite lithe and pinpoint, a plethora of fine berry fruit amid savoury peppery bunch notes. A pretty release showing a new stylistic direction, and one we’re very happy for.

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  • Brackenwood Skin Contact Chardonnay 2018

    $ 32.00 incl. GST

    Chardonnay picked early and fermented to a low octane 11.9% alc, left on skins for 21 days.  Crunchy and fresh, an alluring nose of white flowers and honeysuckle, with the palate delivering citrus marmalade, white peaches and a sprinkle of thyme.  Not as confronting as many skinsy wines can be, nicely textured and a superb partner for a range of foods, especially spicy.

    “Big, bold orange wine. Lots of jasmine, frangipani, mandarin, farmhouse cider scents. The palate is a huge washy gush of dry-apple cider kind of characters, lemon, honey, ginger. It’s fun, it’s delicious. It feels well done as an orange wine with time to resolve all that tannin more or less. It’s a wild style done very well.” 93 points, Mike Bennie, Winefront

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  • Brackenwood Riesling 2022

    $ 32.00 incl. GST

    There are stylistic expectations around Clare and Eden Rieslings, the paradigm of the grape in Adelaide Hills relatively undefined.  Brackenwood’s contribution is distinctive and delicious, a textural and mouthfilling wine with a lovely cushioning of fruit, a style of generosity over austerity.  Resting on lees solids to build texture, the fruit weight of lemon blossom and green apples belies the mere 2g/L of residual sugar.  Lovely aromatically and rounded out with chalky minerals, a complete and easy to drink dry Rizza.

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  • Brackenwood Gamay Pinot 2022

    $ 36.00 incl. GST

    Brackenwood’s prime cult release hits form again in this juicy 2022 release, juicy and concentrated.  65% Gamay and 35% Pinot co-fermented and bottled early.  It’s a vibrant nouveau style red bursting with violet, cherries, wild strawberry and raspberry, and the signature savoury lick of boot polish in the aromatics.  First rate spring and summer drinking that can handle a light chill, previous fans of this style will be pleased.

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  • Brackenwood Gamay 2021

    $ 41.00 incl. GST

    Brackenwood’s Cru Gamay is chosen from the best parcels of fruit, the best four barrels, which is a mix of extended maceration and traditional ferments that are 65% whole bunch. The wine is aged for 12 months in old French and Hungarian oak.

    The wine has a perfumed bouquet of red fruits, thyme and flint with wild strawberries and cherries on the palate, that finish with a long mineral and tea tannins.

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  • Brackenwood Nebbiolo 2021

    $ 41.00 incl. GST

    Planted on a slope of Ironstone and quartz soils the Nebbiolo is cane pruned and is the last variety harvested by the estate. 35% whole bunch fermented the wine spends two years on French oak before being bottled.

    The final wine has lifted notes of tea leaf and tobacco with dark cherry and dried rose petals. The palate has wild strawberries, cherry with lingering ironstone minerals acidity. Although light in colour the wine has fantastic depth, an engaging and highly varietal expression of Nebbiolo.

     

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  • Brackenwood Barbera 2021

    $ 41.00 incl. GST

    This wine makes a great case for the Adelaide Hills as a first rate region for varietally correct Barbera, in having refreshing acidity and decent body around the grape’s sweet/sour/silky pull.  This has an intense ruby red colour, dark cherry, plum, and stewed mulberries on the palate. It has silky smooth tannins with scents of red-berries and nutmeg.

     

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