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Brockenchack Wines Shine in NZ

There was yet more smiles on our faces at camp Brockenchack when the results were recently announced for the 2019 New Zealand International Wine Show (NZIWS), with a gold and two silvers being awarded to our wines at this year’s comp. Gold Medal | 2017 Zip Line Shiraz (the second gold received for this wine, with the other being awarded at the 2019 Melbourne International Wine Comp) Silver Medal | 2017 Miss Bronte Cabernet Sauvignon (the second silver received for this wine, with the other being awarded at the 2019 New York World Wine & Spirits Comp) Silver Medal | 2017 Hare Hunter Pinot Noir (the third silver received for this wine, with the others being awarded at the 2018 NY World Wine & Spirits…

‘Far From Ordinary’ in the USA

‘Far From Ordinary’ is the largest Australian wine promotion ever held in the USA and Brockenchack Wines is proud to be a part of it! We began exporting our wines into the US through DellaVino Imports in 2018. Prior to that we had been selling directly to private customers in the US, but are excited to now have ongoing representation of our single vineyard Eden Valley wines in the US. We look forward to seeing how Brockenchack Wines can grow within the States over the coming years. Contributing to that will be our presence at the upcoming ‘Far From Ordinary’ Aussie Wine Month roadshow – a tasting like never before. The Far from Ordinary campaign brings the experience of Australia to life through sight, sound, smell and…

New York World Wine and Spirits Comp Win!

Dual silvers in New York for Brockenchack’s Miss Bronte and Jack Harrison reds… The New York World Wine & Spirits Competition (NYWWSC) has established itself as one of the most respected judging events in the eastern U.S.A. The judges are predominantly from the New York area and are among the wine and spirits industry’s most trusted authorities, not only on the subject of wine and spirits, but also on the regional tastes and trends that drive the wine and spirits markets. NYWSC medal winners range from some of the most renowned international distillers and wineries, to small-batch craft producers and boutique wineries for whom these awards have proven to be a game-changer. Not only is a NYWSC medal a testament to a producers hard work, it’s a universally…

How to Taste Wine Like a Boss

With the Barossa Valley Gourmet Weekend just gone, our region saw a lot of wine tasting over this past weekend, which reminded me of a story I heard the first time our winemaker Jo Irvine spoke at our annual members’ event. Jo talked about what it was like growing up in her dad Jim Irvine’s winery, learning to taste wine from a very young age and how she started simply with the yuk / yum method. Love it! So, whether you enjoy wine simply because it ‘tastes like grapes’ as one of our long-time wine members so eloquently puts it, or you’re on a journey of discovery, keen to learn all you can about this delicious nectar of the gods, read our top tips on…

Pruning – Our Winter Clear-out

Twelve years in the grape growing game has thrown us plenty of surprises, challenges and rewards over the years. We’ve experiences the wettest of winters and the driest of summers. We’ve come to learn that some of the harshest and unpredictable growing conditions can actually produce some of our most unique and demanded wines. Every year presents a different challenge for our vines, our viticulturist and our vignerons and this year is shaping up to be no different. Our viticulturist Joel has worked tirelessly over the past months, pruning the whole vineyard by hand, with trusted trainee (Trev’s grandson) Jack by his side, learning all the right techniques. Correct pruning techniques are imperative in setting us up for a good growing season to come. The process…

Brockenchack Wines Take Home 3 Golds!

For the past six years, wineries from across Australia have submitted their signature wines to the Melbourne International Wine Competition (MIWC) to go before the only international judging panel made up of real trade buyers. With thousands of contenders fighting for recognition, at the June 2019 MIWC, we are proud to announce that we walked away with three gold medals and won the Eden Valley Grenache Winery of the Year. We’ve worked hard over the last 12 years to refine our collection and are proud of the awards and recognition that we’ve received for many of our wines in the past. This year we have been able to add to that list with a gold for our 2017 Megan Jane Grenache, 2017 Zip Line Shiraz…

William Frederick in the Barossa Super 100

Released this June, the Barossa Super 100 list of wines is the first regional classification that highlights renowned Barossa wines selling for AUD$100 and above, and Brockenchack is proud to have our William Frederick Shiraz feature on this list. This classification has brought together some of the most sought-after wines from the Barossa, celebrating a diverse range of distinguished vineyard sites, rare old vines, generational grape growing families and a commitment to excellence on behalf of the wineries. With over 100 wines featured in the Classification the list represents the depth of collectable wines of distinction being made in Australia’s most famous wine region. The inaugural launch of Barossa’s Super 100 Classification took place at a gala reception in Shanghai on Saturday 1 June 2019. Launching the Classification, Barossa Grape &…

TOP 5, 5 STARS & BEST BUY FOR 2016 ZIP LINE SHIRAZ

We are thrilled that New Zealand’s Cuisine Magazine has just awarded our 2016 Zip Line Shiraz 5 stars and ‘Best Buy’ as part of their July 2019 edition shiraz tasting. Even more chuffed that we slid proudly into the judge’s top 5!  (out of 119 wines tasted mind you)  and here’s what they had to say: “From the elevated and relatively cooler Eden Valley, this vibrant, ripe wine from 90 year old vines exudes blueberries and raspberries that intertwine beautifully with sweet vanilla oak. An elegant expression of shiraz with a generous structure and chalky tannins. Cellar with confidence for up to 4 years.” Up against some other superb Aussie shirazes, we were the only Eden Valley shiraz to make it into the top 10,…

ARTICLE: THE MAN WITH THE MIDAS TOUCH

“It’s confession time, and while I hesitate to admit it, the reality is I was wrong. Erroneous, incorrect or just plain mistaken, I was firmly of the view that longtime Sunshine Coast resident, Trevor Harch, had gone stark raving mad when he first told me that he had purchased a vineyard near Keyneton in the Eden Valley and that he planned to move there with wife, Marilyn, to become vinicultural primary producers. Trevor was well known for his passion for the wine industry and South Australia’s Barossa Valley in particular, but to buy a vineyard and move there was surely plain bonkers? Just over a decade has passed since my initial assessment of Trevor’s mental faculties and I have to admit to my error of judgement. Not only have Trevor…

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