For the past six years, wineries from across Australia have submitted their signature wines to theMelbourne 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 theEden 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 our2017 Megan Jane Grenache,2017 Zip Line Shiraz(both made by Jo Irvine) and2017 Hare Hunter Pinot Noir(made by Shawn Kalleske).

The2017 vintagefor us delivered good soil moisture, cooler temperatures and very healthy vines at vintage time. A later harvest date meant the grapes ripened more slowly, enabling consistent fruit development and a gradual accumulation of sugars and flavours, which is exactly what winemakers are looking for, to produce high quality wines.

While a gold win is always exciting it itself, what makes winning gold for our 2017 Hare Hunter Pinot Noir even more special to us, is that Pinot Noir isn’t a common varietal grown in Eden Valley. It was always a favourite variety of ours and our winemaker’s. After much deliberation a few years back, we decided to test the growing conditions in our cooler climate vineyard in Eden Valley. We have been met with scepticism from within the industry throughout our Pinot journey, but always believed our vineyard was capable of excellence across a range of varietals.

Our Pinot grapes are grown on the highest point of our vineyard, at approximately 480m above sea level, and also in the coolest part of our lower vineyard, around 450m above sea level. The 2017 release was our second vintage of the Hare Hunter Pinot Noir. Against the odds, our Pinot Noir grapes ripened perfectly, and our very talented winemaker Shawn Kalleske weaved his magic in the winery to produce this exquisite lighter style of red wine, for wine lovers looking for a harmoniously balanced depiction of elegance.

Taking home the Eden Valley Grenache Winery of the Year is a great achievement as we were up against wineries that we personally have huge respect for, as well as being world-renowned and recognised. This recognition for our first ever Grenache is something we are immensely proud of and goes a long way toward helping back up what Trevor has been saying for years – that the quality of our vineyard is something very special and can also produce world class wine varieties outside of our region’s renowned varieties of Riesling and Shiraz. Of course winemaker Jo Irvine also had a great deal to do with this wine’s resounding success as well. Our Megan Jane Grenache was named after our own Megan, whom has been an important part of our Brockenchack family since the beginning. We felt it was only fitting to honour her ongoing support and dedication by naming this delicate wine after her.

As the first-generation and current custodians of this beautiful vineyard, steeped in viticulture history, our vision is to carry the Brockenchack name through future generations of our family and to continue producing premium wines that surpass expectations. I’m proud of what our family has achieved to date and look forward to many more years of producing wines to the same award-winning standard that we’ve been recognised for this year.