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SITE COMPARISON

Tscharke wines is the vision of sixth generation vigneron Damien Tscharke.

All Tscharke wines are produced from vineyards planted by the Tscharke family over the years on the three estates Gnadenfrei, Stonewell and Greenock Creek, with each wine produced retaining the terroir of their origin. The sub appellation of Marananga and Seppeltsfield gives rise to unique and concentrated wines. Famous for producing wines of great richness and longevity, the soils of the Western Ridge are the oldest in the Barossa.

Damien’s winemaking philosophy is about retaining purity in the wines, expressing their origin, variety and vintage. With a reputation for producing world-class wines Tscharke has achieved and maintained this status by using modern technology, the best French Oak and traditional winemaking practices.

Our wines, uncompromised from intervention, harness the phenomena of vintage variation and the unique minerality and concentration only found in Marananga, Barossa Valley.

Ave. annual rainfall 510mm
Elevation 286 M
Yield 5 tonnes per hectare
Soil Type Shallow red brown earth
Aspect North Westerly/South Westerly – undulating
Area under Vine 24 hectares
Grape varieties planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Shiraz, Montepulciano,
Grenache, Graciano, Savagnin and Albarino
Age of Vines 1 – 145 years
Ave. annual rainfall 500mm
Elevation 290 M
Yield 4 tonnes per hectare
Soil Type Gravelly sands over red brown earth
Aspect Easterly facing, terraced
Area under Vine 8 hectares
Grape varieties planted Shiraz, Grenache, Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional
Age of Vines 16 – 73 years
Ave. annual rainfall 488mm
Elevation 246 M
Yield 6 tonnes per hectare
Soil Type Loamy soils of the surrounding hills, deep friable
red brown earth
Aspect Westerly sloping
Area under Vine 8 hectares
Grape varieties planted Touriga Nacional, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon
Age of Vines 1 – 8 years
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VINTAGE REPORTS

The phenomenon of ‘vintage variation’ primarily is all about the weather. Ironically as grape growers and winemakers we all like to think we impart our own flair but as modern wines become more natural and smaller vintners like ourselves express single vineyard wines, vintage variation today is truly being harnessed and is the major contributing factor to a successful vintage.

Vintage 2012

Vintage 2012 marked my twelve vintage at our Stonewell property in Marananga and this year our skills, experience and amazing vineyard sites all fell into play with perfect harmony. This harvest my sister Kylie (the baby of the Tscharke Family) joined the winemaking team and as a united front we remained in full control throughout harvest. The end result was amazing, this season every wine looks special without a dud amongst them.

The cooler dry season delivered outstanding fruit. The wines from 2012 will be ripper than 2011 but not as rich as 2010. There was incredible balance this year with great fruit weight and much higher acidity levels. I am so proud of the style diversity, from our popular Girl Talk right through to our Barossa Grounds Collection of single vineyard wines.

The yields and quality across our three estates was consistent and like all ‘even’ years 2012 will be classified as another great vintage.

Vintage 2013

Well structured wines; probably best describes most on the wines vinified in 2013. The dry weather through winter and spring didn’t allow for the vines to grow big canopies and resulted in below average yields. The combination of dry conditions, low yields and small canopies saw fruit ripen much quicker than normal. Vintage commenced two weeks early and mild dry conditions made for pleasant harvesting. During the early stages of fermentation the monster tannins and strong natural acids assembled wines of incredible structure.

Vintage 2014

The wines produced from the vintage of 2014 are excellent. The weather conditions during spring and early summer were dry and above average heat degree-days regulated shoot growth and berry development. By mid February and well into veraison, soil moisture levels were extremely low but a record breaking rain event replenished the soils with 100mm of rain.

The weather conditions that followed this rain event were ideal. Mild temperatures and gentle breezes avoided any disease pressures and helped encourage great flavor accumulation. The Tempranillo vineyards were the first to be harvested on the 6th February with the final vineyard, Stonewell Cabernet Sauvignon harvested on the 3rd April. Wine quality was consistent across all grape varieties. ‘Balanced’ probably best describes most wines from our harvest this year.

Vintage 2015

With so many sequential days of perfect grape growing weather this has been one of the earliest harvests on record. Plentiful winter rains in 2014 were vital for the 2015 harvest. Large canopies, moderate yields and ideal ripening conditions encouraged an earlier than usual harvest free of disease.

The early harvested wines from 2015 sustained great natural acidity, ripe tanins with bright fruit flavours and spice. Another season remarkable for delivering naturally balanced wines without testing alcohols nor over ripe flavours. A very good vintage with many wines likely to demonstrate great cellaring potential.

Vintage 2016

2016 has been phenomenal, despite the dry season our approach to sustainable wine grape growing has ensured this harvest was overflowing with great fruit quality. The season was challenging, a result of prolonged dry periods and a warm December but we had few days above 40oC and then a much needed rain event came late in January. This was the turning point of our vintage, as the exhausted vineyards inhaled the relief of 48mm of rain, the vines were now set, absorbing the light to bring on the flavours and textures to see way for another great harvest.