Specifications

Read our blog post about the rise of Eden Valley Pinot Noir.

Read our blog post about International Pinot Noir Day.

Single Vineyard | Keyneton | Eden Valley |SA

Grown at approx. 450-480m above sea level, in cool climate conditions. Vines planted in 2012 in the three coolest patches on our vineyard.

Winemaker: Shawn Kalleske
750mL | 13.5% Alc | 6pks
Grown at approx. 450-480m above sea level, in cool climate conditions.
Cellar under the right conditions for up to 8 yrs.

2018 HARE HUNTER PINOT NOIR

$40.00

Silver | 2021 Melbourne International Wine Competition

93 points | Wine Orbit – Sam Kim

93 points | WineFolio – David Walker Bell

91 points | National Liquor News Australia

“Seductively styled and complex, showing dark berry, thyme, toasted almond and earthy mushroom aromas on the nose. The elegantly weighted palate delivers silky flow and rounded mouthfeel, beautifully complemented by savoury nuances, leading to a lengthy structured finish.” ~Sam Kim, Wine Orbit~

Our Pinot Noir journey began in 2012 with the planting of our first Pinot vines, taking advantage of the coolest patches in our vineyard. Pinot Noir is not typically grown in our region, but we just had a feeling it could be something special. We set out with a vision to deliver a beautiful and elegant expression of Eden Valley Pinot Noir, and believe this is exactly what we have achieved. A portion of our Pinot vines are planted at the highest point on our vineyard, sitting at approximately 480m above sea level, with the remaining planted in the two coolest spots in slightly lower parts of our vineyard, at an altitude of around 450m (Central Otago is around 300m).

Hare hunting has been a much enjoyed pastime for our (now-adult) grandsons. Despite their best efforts over the years, as young lads they never had much luck nabbing any hares in our Pinot patch, which is how this wine earned its name.

Purple edged garnet in colour. The aroma opens with herbal tones over bright red berries, and a lift that’s reminiscent of tomatoes ripening on the vine. The savoury sweet crossover palate features cherry flesh and cranberry tart over glossy tannins with a lingering strawberry finish.

Silver | 2021 Melbourne International Wine Competition

93 points | Wine Orbit – Sam Kim

“Seductively styled and complex, showing dark berry, thyme, toasted almond and earthy mushroom aromas on the nose. The elegantly weighted palate delivers silky flow and rounded mouthfeel, beautifully complemented by savoury nuances, leading to a lengthy structured finish. At its best: now to 2028.” ~April 2022~

93 points | WineFolio – David Walker Bell

A bright medium-depth ruby in the glass. Lovely nose, filled with savoury notes of mushroom, beetroot and mocha, alongside some succulent blackberry, damson, blood orange and red cherry. A youthful, balsamic, juiciness to the palate – a little lighter in tone than the nose suggests. The fruit has a bounce and pop of ripeness, which is a foil to the savoury, peaty elements and the supple, dry, tannins. A moderate acidity keeps things moving, and the rounded, silken texture enriches the back of the palate. Powerful, perfumed and well-balanced – a well made, elegant yet vibrant expression. ~November 2022~

91 points | National Liquor News Pinot Noir Tasting | April 2021 edition | silver medal equivalent

“Elegant and restrained. Earthy beetroot, sweet sour, five spice. Long finish.”

90 Points | Winepilot – Ken Gargett

A soft red colour with sappy aromatics. Soft brambles, raspberries, bay leaves, red cherries, some earthy notes, coffee grinds and tobacco leaf. A Pinot with good focus, there is line and impressive length, fine tannins and juicy acidity. The acidity really works with that sappiness. Drink to 2026.”

 

History of Achievement

2017 – Gold | 2019 Melbourne International Wine Competition

2017 – Silver | 2019 New Zealand International Wine Show

2017 – Silver | 2018 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition

2017 – Silver | 2018 San Francisco International International Wine Competition

2018 Vintage Summary:

The 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 (like us) 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 our vines.

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 all our 2018 reds in due course.

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