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2018 is our second Grenache release from our Eden Valley single vineyard.

Being named Eden Valley Grenache Winery of the Year at the 2019 Melbourne International Wine Show, for our 2017 (and first release) Megan Jane Grenache, was a huge achievement for our family as we were up against some world-renowned wineries. This recognition is something we will always be immensely proud of, and it goes a long way toward proving that the quality of our vineyard is something very special and indeed capable of producing world class wine varieties, outside of our region’s renowned Riesling and Shiraz.

It certainly set the bar pretty high for our future expressions of this varietal… but our second installment, the 2018 Megan Jane, sails right over that bar and continues soaring. 

Megan has been an integral part of our Brockenchack team since our inception and we felt it only fitting to honour her ongoing dedication by naming this wine after her.

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History of excellence:

2017 Megan Jane Grenache: Gold Medal 2019 Melbourne International Wine Competition

2017 Megan Jane Grenache: Eden Valley Grenache Winery of the Year – 2019 Melbourne International Wine Competition

Tasting Note:

Our single vineyard 2018 Megan Jane Grenache confidently shows off definition of style, Eden Valley elegance and wine making prowess all wrapped up in a sensationally bright crimson coloured intensity.

Silken finesse from our middle-weight Grenache style immediately draws you in to luscious abundance of ripe red fruits.

A welcoming second and deeper wave of rich fruit layers backs this up, exotically warming on the palate.

Luxurious mouth feel is present from start to finish, including hints of silky white chocolate splashed into the unctuous, fine gripping tannins.

2018 Vintage Summary:

The 2018 growing season in Eden Valley started off well, with winter 2017 rainfall up slightly higher than average. In spring, drier soils, combined with warmer than average spring days meant the vine canopies grew quickly; flowering well and setting a good number of bunches. Summer rainfall for us was down on average. January and February were warm and dry, with very warm temperatures in February slowing down the pace of ripening. With the lower summer rainfall, growers with access to water, soil moisture monitoring, good irrigation management and healthy soils experienced less stress – and subsequently delivered sound fruit and consistent yields. These are all practices that Brockenchack invest heavily into. The Indian summer of March and early April was what some people are calling ‘the icing on the cake’, with average temperatures, without extremes. Overall a strong, healthy crop for us.

We commenced hand picking for the 2018 vintage on the 1st of March with our Pinot Noir the first grapes to come off the vine. Pinot Grigio and Riesling were then machine packed in the first week of March. Chardonnay and Rosé came off next around mid March. Shiraz harvesting commenced in the last week of March and continued through to the 11th of April with each tier being picked at different times. The last two to come off the vines were the Grenache on the 11th, and we wrapped it up with the Cabernet on the 12th of April – seeing out an amazing vintage for Brockenchack this year.

We are delighted with the high-quality grapes and great yields that this vintage delivered. The colours and flavours in our reds are exciting and the high level of natural acids in our whites reflect our great Eden Valley characteristics. Standout varieties for our region this year include Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet. We are very excited for the release of our reds when the time comes.

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