Chardonnay as a variety first came to Australia in the 1920s, but didn’t find popularity until around the 70’s and 80s. Premium Australian Chardonnay has evolved dramatically from the rich, ripe full flavoured versions of the '80s and '90s. When New Zealand's Malborough Sauvignon Blanc movement hit our shores, white wine drinker's tastes shifted, to enjoying more acidity and crisp, tangy tones. Coupled with the media's backing of the so-called ABC movement (Anything But Chardonnay), Chardonnay winemakers had to rethink their approach, to appeal to an audience whose tastes had shifted dramatically away from the rich, toasty and buttery Chardonnays of days gone by. But we're an adaptable lot us Aussies - and the industry did just that... we adapted to a more cool climate style.

27th May 2020

The 23rd of May is a very special day… not only for our immediate family, but for our Brockenchack family and friends as well.

The 23rd marks the 19th birthday of our Grandson Jack Harrison, and to celebrate, we are launching the first of many Jack Harrison Shiraz days!

As we gear up for a week of Jack Harrison Shiraz celebrations, we thought it might be nice to take a little trip down memory lane, to a younger Jack and the history of this great wine…

19th May 2020

The last few months I’ve chosen to highlight my top picks for dining in and around the Barossa Valley. This month is a little different however, as the world has virtually been turned on it’s head and we’re no longer able to enjoy the simple pleasures of a Friday night dinner at the Eden Valley Hotel, or a morning coffee and breakfast at Soul with Zest. While we’re still doing our bit to support local and buy from these establishments as much as possible, we thought it would be best to give you a recommendation that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home, even during isolation and social distancing.

24th Apr 2020

Being named theEden Valley Grenache Winery of the Yearat the 2019 Melbourne International Wine Competition was a huge achievement for our family, especially on the first release of our Grenache. But perhaps even more thrilling for us, was winning gold for our 2017 Hare Hunter Pinot Noir, as this is a rare varietal for Eden Valley. It has always been a favourite of our family and of our winemaker Shawn Kalleske, so after much consideration, and under the firm belief in the quality of our vineyard and its ability to produce world-class wine varieties outside of our region's renowned Riesling and Shiraz, we decided to test the Pinot growing conditions of our cooler climate Eden Valley vineyard.

26th Mar 2020

I’ll be using these blogs to share my personal favourite spots in the Barossa that I believe are well-worth checking out.

Lucky number three on my list of recommendations is… another Angaston classic, Soul with Zest.

19th Mar 2020

Just last week, Brockenchack Wines made a very special feature in Berlin!

Back on the 9th of March, Australia's Ambassador in Germany, Lynette Wood, hosted an Australian Wine Dinner at the Embassy in Berlin where our very own, Brockenchack wines were showcased. 

17th Mar 2020

The 27th of this month marks a very special day that all you Riesling lovers should pencil into your calendar!

On Thursday the 27th of February, we celebrate the birthday of our own Mackenzie William which calls for a celebration, and to do this, we are officially launching our inaugural Brockenchack Mackenzie William Riesling Day!

24th Feb 2020

Some of you might have tuned into my last blog post with my first Barossa recommendation, the quality Barossa Siam – the Barossa’s Thai hot spot. As a lover of good food, the Barossa dining recommendations are going to continue this month with the Eden Valley Hotel up next in the spotlight.

17th Feb 2020

When it’s hot out and you need a refreshing drink but you’re after something extra flavoursome, why not try out this Rosé Spritzer recipe?

27th Jan 2020

The Barossa; a well-recognised hub of wineries that collectively produce some of Australia’s finest wines and a hotspot for wine lovers from across the globe. And while the Barossa has made its name for its contribution to the thriving Australian wine industry, we have so many unique and special restaurants, bars and shops that are well worth the visit if you’ve made your way to the Barossa.

And that’s where I come in, as a Barossa Valley enthusiast and a local for over 10 years, I’m also a bit of a self-proclaimed foodie and love getting out to see what’s new in the region. So, I’ll be using these blogs to share my personal favourite spots in the Barossa that I believe are well-worth checking out.

22nd Jan 2020

Ever feel like you are running out of space in your home for your prized wine collection, but can’t (and shouldn’t) stop growing the collection?

22nd Jan 2020

The San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) is one of the largest and most influential wine competitions, with contending wines submitted from locations across the globe.

13th Dec 2019

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.

6th Nov 2019

Family is at the core of everything we do here at Brockenchack, and we love that we’ve been able to incorporate our beautiful grandchildren into the business and into our brand identity.

4th Oct 2019

‘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!

11th Sep 2019
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