A shimmering Australian beauty

2011 Brokenwood, Graveyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

2011 Brokenwood, Graveyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia (£80, Fortnum & Mason, 0845-300 1707; Planet of the Grapes, 020-7405 4912; Flagship Wines, 01727-865309).

In a bygone era, shiraz from the Hunter Valley was known and labelled as Hunter Burgundy. This tells us the wines were smooth, silky, medium-weight, aromatic, and quite different to the blockbuster styles we see today from regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale in South Australia.

Today, the finest wines in the Hunter still have silkiness and allure, not unlike that of the pinot noir variety, but they possess spice and gameiness that can only be found in top quality shiraz. My featured wine is my favourite young Hunter shiraz release ever.

Made by the awesomely talented wine guru Iain Riggs, Graveyard is one of Australia’s most revered wines. This 2011 vintage arrived in the UK on 24 November, so you are the very first to hear about it.

The awesome control, shimmering beauty and luxuriant texture put this among the very finest shiraz wines in the world and, with only 13% alcohol, it really does have a ‘Burgundy’ feel on the palate. Unnervingly forward (you can drink it now), it will age and gather even more foresty and truffley notes over the next decade.

• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).

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