Specifications

Vintage: 2018

Region: Eden Valley

Winemaker: Joanne Irvine

Alcohol/Vol: 12%

Case Size: 6 packs

Ideal serving: at around 8 – 10ºc

Cellaring: Exceptional drinking immediately and will cellar with confidence for at least 10-12 years for those who enjoy an aged Riesling.

2018 MACKENZIE WILLIAM 1896 RIESLING

$25.00

SILVER | 2018 Melbourne International Wine Competition

Our cool-climate Mackenzie William Riesling is named after the eldest grandson of our owners Trevor and Marilyn Harch.

Our Eden Valley Riesling is delicately hand-picked from our longstanding vines planted in the 1960s, 1980s, and from our cherished, deep-rooted 1890s vines – thought to be some of the oldest in Australia.

Each batch of fruit bestows its unique attributes, creating quintessential Eden Valley citrus and minerality characters which we are so well known for, and a complexity that ensures our dry style’s impressive length of finish.

Our 2018 Riesling is alive with instant aromas of lemon, lime and blossoms, with a curious hint of talc, from the relationship that our oldest vines’ roots have formed with the minerals below ground. Gentle pressing of our Riesling fruit guarantees abounding citrus zest to enliven the palate, with fresh lemon and lime notes, followed by a squeeze of tangerine. Cool climate acidity brings this all cleanly together in an enviably long dry finish.

This dry style Riesling, when cellared carefully, will mature gracefully for 10 to 12 years, if not longer.

 

Our Eden Valley Riesling is delicately hand-picked from our longstanding vines planted in the 1960s, 1980s, and from our cherished, deep-rooted 1890s vines – thought to be some of the oldest in Australia.

Each batch of fruit bestows its unique attributes, creating quintessential Eden Valley citrus and minerality characters which we are so well known for, and a complexity that ensures our dry style’s impressive length of finish.

Our 2018 Riesling is alive with instant aromas of lemon, lime and blossoms, with a curious hint of talc, from the relationship that our oldest vines’ roots have formed with the minerals below ground. Gentle pressing of our Riesling fruit guarantees abounding citrus zest to enliven the palate, with fresh lemon and lime notes, followed by a squeeze of tangerine. Cool climate acidity brings this all cleanly together in an enviably long dry finish.

Although our Riesling in an excellent aperitif, food pairing ideas include a myriad of seafood delicacies or barbecued pork with sticky rice or Asian salads with grilled chicken.

SILVER |  2018 Melbourne International Wine Competition

 

History of Quality:

2017 – 5 out of 5 stars by wine writers The 3 Wines Men:

“After meeting the team @brockenchackwines recently I was blown away with how advanced their wines were. In particular the 2017 Mackenzie William 1869 Riesling. You’d be hard-pressed to guess that this was a 2017 Riesling. It doesn’t have that acidic and citric sharpness that was expected, and that’s just one reason I love it. More lemon than lime, balanced nectarines and a nice little flinty finish. The most amazing thing about this cracking wine is that as well as it is right now, it’s only going to get better for the next 10+ years. Oh and if you think the name is a little different read the story on the website. It’s why I love family produced wines. All blood, sweat and cheers.”

2016 -Silver Medal – 2018 New Zealand International Wine Competition

2015 – Silver Medal – 2015 Perth Royal Wine Show

2014 – Bronze Medal – 2014 Barossa Wine Show

2013 – Silver Medal – 2013 Barossa Wine Show  

2012 – Silver Medal – 2013 Barossa Wine Show

2011 – Gold Medal – 2011 Barossa Wine Show

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 in Eden Valley 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.

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 picked 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.

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 the Eden Valley this year include Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet. We are very excited for all our 2018 wines to be released and especially look forward to the release of these reds in a few years’ time.

Ref: Barossa Herald, April 16, 2018

Ref: Barossa Wine: https://www.barossawine.com/barossa-vintages/barossa-vintage-reports/barossa-2018-vintage-report/

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