Broke's Whispering Brook awarded Five Red Stars in 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards

Twenty-year journey to success

BROKE'S Whispering Brook has secured Five Red Stars at the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion awards ceremony, recognising the outstanding winery for regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity.

The Five Red Stars were given based on more than two wines achieving a score of 95 points and being a five-star winery for two consecutive years.

Whispering Brook's 2014 Shiraz, 2018 Shiraz and 2019 Semillon all achieved more than 95 points and, in previous years, a rating of 97 points was bestowed to the 2017 Single Vineyard Shiraz and 96 points to the 2017 Semillon.

"To be awarded Five Red Stars is a particularly great accomplishment for a small, artisan family winery," winemaker Susan Frazier said.

"We grow our own grapes, carefully and lovingly, in tiny quantities, which unlike larger wineries, means we have only one shot each year at making each of our varietals.

"A focus on uncompromising quality has resulted in success.

"This year, we have more reason than ever to celebrate the award.

"We've been impacted by the drought, badly-affected by bushfires, and are now working through the turmoil of coronavirus (COVID-19).

"However, our love of the land and passion for winemaking have truly paid off with this milestone."

It has been a 20-year journey for the Whispering Brook winery to achieve a Five Red Stars rating.

Husband and wife winemaking team, Susan Frazier and Adam Bell, first established the winery in 2000.

Since then, they have completed 20 vintages overseas and at their Hunter Valley winery and cellar door.