Specifications

Single Vineyard | Eden Valley | Barossa | South Australia

Vines planted in 2013

Winemaker: Joanne Irvine

750mL | 14.5% Alc | 6pks

2019 MEGAN JANE GRENACHE

$45.00

Gold | 2021 Melbourne International Wine Competition

94 Points | Wine Orbit – Sam Kim

93 Points | Winepilot – Ken Gargett

“If this 2019 Grenache was a hot rod, it would be bright toffee apple red! It’s a sweet-spicy-tart combination, loaded up with lashings of raspberry aromatics, layered over floral rosemary and oregano. It’s an unashamedly middleweight berry driven palate, bright as a button, and beautifully balanced with acid and very tidy old oak. It will definitely benefit from half an hour in the fridge during the height of summer, and is screaming to go with everything from spicy Mexican tacos, char sui pork or Peking duck, pasta, pizza, anything from the charcuterie cupboard.” ~Jane Ferrari~

Our 2019 Megan Jane is our third Grenache release from our Eden Valley single vineyard. Megan has been an integral part of our Brockenchack family since its inception and we felt it only fitting to honour her ongoing dedication by naming this wine after her.

“If this 2019 Grenache was a hot rod, it would be bright toffee apple red! It’s a sweet-spicy-tart combination, loaded up with lashings of raspberry aromatics, layered over floral rosemary and oregano.

It’s an unashamedly middleweight berry driven palate, bright as a button, and beautifully balanced with acid and very tidy old oak.

It will definitely benefit from half an hour in the fridge during the height of summer, and is screaming to go with everything from spicy Mexican tacos, char sui pork or Peking duck, pasta, pizza, anything from the charcuterie cupboard.

Who said you can’t grow Grenache in the high country!  (Jane Ferrari)

Gold | 2021 Melbourne International Wine Competition

94 Points | Wine Orbit – Sam Kim

“It’s splendidly ripe and inviting on the nose showing dark plum, cured meat, dried herb and a hint of leather notes, followed by a supple palate displaying succulent fruit flavours with smooth rounded mouthfeel. Silky and flavoursome with an attractive spicy finish. At its best: now to 2027.” ~April 2022~

93 Points | Winepilot – Ken Gargett

“A Grenache which has attracted positive attention in various wine shows, this is named after a member of their team. It is the third release of Grenache for the winery, all from a single vineyard in the Eden Valley, and crafted by winemaker Joanne Irvine (daughter of winemaking royalty, James Irvine). The yields with this vintage were lower than average, resulting in wines of serious concentration. Crimson/purple in colour, this was my favourite of the releases, a really well made, delicious Grenache. Nose of raspberries, bergamot, dry herbs, red cherries and florals. Balanced, with excellent focus and serious length through to very fine tannins, all backed by underlying acidity. A delicious, juicy example of Grenache that drinks beautifully now and should age well for another 6-8 years.”

91 Points | National Liquor News Pinot Noir Panel Tasting ~April 2021~

 

History of Achievement

2018 – Silver | 2020 Melbourne International Wine Competition

2018 – Silver | 2020 New Zealand International Wine Show

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

2017 – Gold | 2019 Melbourne International Wine Competition

2017 – 90 Points – Drinks Trade Magazine, Grenache Tasting Panel, March 2019 Issue: Cherries, earth, thyme, sweetness and acid core. Very appealing.

 

2017 was our first ever release of our single vineyard Eden Valley Grenache…

Being named Eden Valley Grenache Winery of the Year at the 2019 Melbourne International Wine Show, for our first release 2017 Megan Jane Grenache, was a huge achievement for our family. 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. ~Harch Family~

2019 Vintage Summary:

The 2019 vintage overall produced very high quality, but lower/limited supply, with the Barossa region as a whole down between 50-80% on the prior year, and some vineyards not picking at all. This was due to high winds and spring frosts affecting flowering, followed by very hot, dry conditions in January and February. 2019 will be the lowest-yielding Barossa harvest of the past decade.

Our Brockenchack vineyard however was only down 20% due to great care and management. We believe this is attributed to several factors, including the addition of both nutrients, plus cow and chicken manures, added rotationally to the vines directly and via irrigation each year. Good soil moisture kept our vines healthy in the hot spells thanks to irrigating at the right times – in spring before budding and again at flowering – coupled with our under vine mulching to retain this moisture for longer, resulting in healthy crops throughout the rest of the growing season.

The lower yields will result in Grenache, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with great colour, intense flavours from the concentrated fruit and firm tannin structure. This will be one of the great vintages, despite the lower yields.

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