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 Fumé Blanc 2017

    $ 29.00 incl. GST

    Combining a wish to distinguish from the Marlborough style, with the weight and complexity of fruit provided by the site, Brackenwood believe the oaked fumé style to be the future for Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc.  Fermented and aged eight months in French and Hungarian hogsheads (1/3 new), with bâtonnage monthly.

    A complex wine of creaminess and flesh, with grassy Sauvignon fruit cutting through, showing also hints of varietal passionfruit.  Food friendly, textural and multi-dimensional, a ‘Savvy for grown ups’.

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  • Brackenwood Riesling 2018

    $ 29.00 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 Barbera 2017

    $ 32.00 incl. GST

    Not much Barbera in the ground in the Hills.  Should be more.  A pure and silky style with a lovely interplay of sweet red fruits and perfume versus some balsamic vinegar notes. A wine which will continue to evolve positively with time in bottle, and at 12.7% alcohol, certainly sitting in the finer end of Aussie Barbera. Has some x-factor for sure.

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  • Brackenwood Syrah 2016

    $ 32.00 incl. GST

    24 months in old oak.  Simply smokin’, enough black fruit and density to please drinkers of Shiraz from warmer climes, with enough white pepper and savoury fine tannin at the end of the line to please fans of cooler styles. This release sees a step up in concentration and length, amazing balance and detail.

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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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  • Winter 2021 Mixed Dozen

    $ 265.00 incl. GST

    Leaning towards reds here, we’re running the spectrum from juiciness courtesy of 22 Degree Halo, to mid week quaffers in Baron Léopold’s delicious Bordeaux red. We’ve some bright Italian flavours through Insieme Primitivo, Intrigo Negroamaro and Greenstone’s excellent 2017 Sangiovese release, plus a couple of lovely fireside contenders in Schwarz Meta Shiraz and Lenton Brae Lady Douglas Cabernet.

    The occasional moment calls for something other than red, so a Montfin rosé is perfect for when you’re eating spicy, and the Brackenwood Riesling and Lenton Brae Chardonnay both nicely textured and not out of place in these cooler months.

    Full price of this dozen is $330. We’re offering it at $265 with free delivery, a saving of 20%.

    Pack contains one bottle each:

    • Lenton Brae Lady Douglas Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    • Schwarz Grower Shiraz 2019
    • Greenstone Estate Sangiovese 2017
    • Baron Leopold Bordeaux Red 2018
    • Insieme Primitivo del Salento 2019
    • Intrigo Negroamaro 2019
    • Swinging Bridge MAW Pinot Noir 2018
    • 22 Degree Halo Red Blend 2020
    • Greenstone Gusto Shiraz 2019
    • Brackenwood Riesling 2018
    • Lenton Brae Southside Chardonnay 2020
    • Chateau Montfin Corbieres Rosé 2018

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