It’s confession time, and while I hesitate to admit it, the reality is I was wrong. Erroneous, incorrect or just plain mistaken, I was
Just over a decade has passed since my initial assessment of Trevor’s mental faculties and I have to admit to my error of
Since late 2018, the Brockenchack property now also boasts its own fancy B&B on site alongside the refurbished cellar door building – a structure that in years gone by has been used as everything from a butcher’s shop to a brothel.
But the true measure of success of any winery is in its wine and the Brockenchack range is remarkable. And that’s not just because their shiraz is up there with some of the best that South Australia has to offer, but
The riesling vines on the property include some that were planted in the 1890s making them amongst the oldest in Australia; so it’s not surprising that the Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling is such a stellar drop.
While the Brockenchack Jack Harrison and William Frederick Shiraz are consistently winning medals and impressing good judges, I’m guessing that it could be their little-known stablemate, the Miss Bronte Cabernet Sauvignon which upsets the applecarts of its better-performed siblings if the initial 2016 vintage is anything to go by.
This was the very first attempt by the Brockenchack team to introduce a cabernet to the team, and winemaker Jo Irvine has crafted a wine of elegance beyond its years. The fruit used for this juvenile wine was sourced from a single vineyard in the Eden Valley – a region not normally considered by the self-appointed experts as being ideal for cabernet production.
The 2016 Miss Bronte shows earthy blackcurrant and subtle cassis
You can’t compare the Miss Bronte to an old vine cabernet from regions like the Coonawarra, but neither should you at only a $28 price point. For a first vintage wine, the Miss Bronte certainly exceeded my expectations; but I guess that’s no surprise given that it was the brainchild of the man with the Midas touch!