Brockenchack Brilliance at ALBA by Kuruvita

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Set Friday 19 August aside for the next IN Noosa Wine Lunch, this time to be held at ALBA by Kuruvita. Tony Cox previews what will be a brilliant match made in heaven.

An afternoon of fabulous food with matching wines awaits in the stunning setting of Alba Noosa. Bright, light and with fresh, clean design lines the restaurant space is the perfect backdrop to a menu highlighting an extensive use of Australian seafood. 

Long communal tables with MC, chef and Winemaker to guide you through the experience, this will be a long lunch to remember. Starting with a welcome cocktail and sourdough bread with coconut butter and Australian olive oil, most of the dishes are gluten free, and all will be perfectly accompanied by Brockenchack Wines from the Eden Valley in South Australia.

Whilst Peter’s food and venue might be familiar to our readers; the winery, Brockenchack from Eden Valley, also enjoys a strong local connection.

Owned by long time Sunshine Coast residents, Trev and Marilyn Harch, Brockenchack produces elegant single vineyard wines which speak of their Eden Valley roots. 

The vineyard features old vines, with some of the Riesling vines planted in 1896 and Shiraz vines on the property having an average age of 60 years. The range features 14 different wines ranging from the freshness of Riesling to the sweetness of The Magdalena 10-year-old Tawny and all palate options in between.

The first wine being poured will be Brockenchack’s On Point Pinot Grigio, 2022. The 2022 is an amalgam of vibrant citrus flavours, think pink grapefruit, overlaid with the generosity and fruit weight of tropical fruits, bordering on guava, all bracketed at the back with zingy acidity. Weighing in at 12.5% alcohol this is an easy introduction to lunch and a wonderful partner with either the Butter-poached Noosa Spanner Crab (or Silken Tofu option if pre-ordered*) with sugar snap peas, egg curry, dill and wasabi peas; or the Western Australian Crayfish with vanilla sauce crème and asparagus being served on the day. 

Main course is either Corn-fed Chicken Breast with Jaggary cream, pomegranate, black rice and taro floss; or Goldband Snapper Pie with red onion Soubise, black truffle and chives, to be served with the Brockenchack Charli Jaye Chardonnay, 2019. 

Featuring stone fruit and pear flavours with a gentle lick of oak and lively acid to close, the extra weight and power of the Chardonnay will complement the mouthwatering mains coming out Alba’s kitchen. The pre-ordered vegetarian option of Truffle and Pumpkin Risotto will also go down a treat.

A combination of old vine fruit and more recent Estate plantings are used in the 2019 Zip Line Shiraz which is being served with a dessert of winter berries with coconut yoghurt and roasted white chocolate. 

The freshness of the berries will contrast superbly with the plusher plum nuances in the wine; while vanilla notes from the oak will complement the coconut yoghurt and roasted white chocolate elements in the dessert. 

Brockenchack General Manager, Darren Naylor, will be on hand on the day to provide unique insight into the wines and to expound the Brockenchack story. 

Don’t forget to ask about the luxury B&B options at the vineyard so you can start planning your trip to the Barossa!

All up, the lunch promises to be one not to be missed. When you add in the fact that the Brockenchack story is intertwined with the Sunshine Coast it is as good as having a local winery on show. 

*Note: Please advise at time of booking if you require a vegetarian option. 


The IN Noosa Magazine wine lunch with Brockenchack Wines at Alba Noosa promises to be a stunning afternoon of fantastic food, sublime wines and great friends in a stunning environment. 

The past few wine lunches have sold out quickly so don’t miss this exclusive opportunity! 

About the Author /

After 25 years of sniffing, swirling, spitting and slurping various vinous temptations our wine writer has decided that his future lies firmly planted on the consumption and storytelling side. Tony not only still enjoys consulting about wine and other beverages but is now part of the successful Kate Cox Real Estate Team at Reed & Co. Estate Agents.

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