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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…

90 points for our Megan Jane Grenache

The tasting panel of the March/April 2019 edition of Drinks Trade Magazine awarded our 2017 Megan Jane Grenache with 90 points. A score of 90-95 is outstanding in their classification. Judge Travis Fuller’s comments were:  “Cherries, earth, thyme, sweetness and acid core. Very appealing.” Our 2017 Megan Jane Grenache ranked 2nd out of all the straight Grenache varietals submitted. Not too shabby for our first release of this wine. Buy here Click here to read the digital edition of the magazine

BEATING THE HEAT THIS SUMMER

Natural 'Surround' clay sunscreen for our grapes

Hot, dry, boiling.  All words we use to describe the weather here in beautiful South Australia… including the Barossa during summer. We love this time of year, where we enjoy long days and balmy evenings, but do our vines? As the custodians of fine wine, it is our sworn duty to serve and protect our vines so that we can deliver premium wine to your door.  Located in the Eden Valley, Brockenchack Vineyard is cool climate, however we can still be thrown challenges by mother nature and as such, we come prepared! Using our knowledge gained from over ten vintages, our family has worked tirelessly to protect our vines and to ensure we continue to produce quality grapes and ultimately, quality wine.  No different to…

New cellar door for the beautiful Eden Valley

Brockenchack Wines opens its new cellar doors in the beautiful Eden Valley. Trevor and Marilyn Harch opened the Brockenchack cellar door to the public on Friday 19 October after an official opening for industry guests on Thursday 10 October. Trevor and wife Marilyn fell in love with the Barossa during numerous visits to the region throughout the 1990s, and in the late 1990s purchased the historic Tanunda Cellars. In 2007, they bought a single vineyard estate in Keyneton, now known as Brockenchack, and relocated to Eden Valley in 2013 as committed vignerons. Brockenchack Wines is named in honour the Harch family’s four grandchildren Bronte, Mackenzie, Charli and Jack. Located at Sawpit Gully Road, Keyneton, the original 1880s cottage turned butcher shop has been transformed into…

New cellar door puts Eden Valley further on visitor map

As a grateful recipient of a state grant, the Harch family and staff shared their success this week with the launch of their new cellar door site. Located at Sawpit Gully Road, Keyneton, the original home was transformed by Bartsch Builders Barossa into a cellar door complete with impressive tasting bar, upstairs wine room and cellar. It complements the luxurious bed and breakfast next door, which was also open for invited guests to inspect, and surrounding vineyards with 360-degree scenic views. In his speech to the crowd, owner Trevor Harch shared how the original home was constructed in the 1880s with just two rooms, which became a butcher front in the 1900s. Mr Harch, a construction developer in Queensland – who refers to himself as an unofficial spokesman for the wine region – brought the Barossa to…

Domestic tourism reaches record heights

Domestic tourism reaches record heights Newly released figures reveal domestic tourism within the state have reached record heights, with Tourism Barossa also confirming its positive flow of visitors to the region. The latest tourism data shows South Australia’s national visitor expenditure has reached a record level of $5.6 billion, which is up eight per cent for the year ending June 2018. South Australian Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex shared how proud he is of the performance of the visitor economy. “Our record of delivering quality events, our marketing efforts, hardworking operators and exceptional experiences are propelling the state forward,” he said. Echoing the success is Tourism Barossa regional tourism manager Cathy Wills who agrees wholeheartedly with his comments. While a breakdown of figures are yet to inform SA regional tourist destinations of exact…