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  • Wines of Distinction | Balthasar Shiraz

    Exceptional high quality award winning wines at an affordable price. Highly prized and sought after, these wines are a true reflection of great wine made in the vineyard.

    2014 Balthasar Shiraz

    The Fruit:

    The Balthasar Shiraz, one of Grant Burge’s Wines of Distinction, is sourced from the Eden Valley region of the Barossa, showcasing the elegant varietal characteristics from this unique district. Due to the dry growing season in 2014, crop levels were very low. However, they produced extremely high quality red wines with great colour and magnificent structure.

    The Winemaking:

    Four individual parcels from three premium Eden Valley vineyards were picked separately with each batch receiving a unique fermentation regime. Traditional European winemaking techniques were used for this wine, in particular extended maceration to add more depth of flavour and allow for a softening of tannins. After pressing, the wine was transferred to new (44%) and older French oak hogsheads for 18 months maturation.

    2014 Balthasar Shiraz

    The Comments:

    Ruby red in colour with intense violet hues the 2014 Balthasar Shiraz is a sultry, brooding and complex wine with decadent and luscious characters. Powerful aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, Dutch cocoa and sweet spices are accented with hints of polished leather, vanilla, smokey oak and the earthy aromas of a moss-covered forest floor. The rich, yet silky-soft palate is dense with intense flavours of dark berries, cherries and chocolate, while the elegant, fine tannins give balance, power and length. The expressive mid palate is heavily weighted with bittersweet dark chocolate flavours that linger indulgently on the finish.
    A benchmark Eden Valley Shiraz, indicative of the cooler climate, this wine is immediately approachable yet can be cellared for 10 to 12 years. The soft silky tannin profile of this wine makes it an ideal accompaniment to a multitude of pork, game and red meat dishes.

    2014 Balthasar Shiraz

    THE AWARDS & REVIEWS:

    • 2013 Balthasar Shiraz
      • Silver | 2016 International Wine Challenge
      • Silver | 2015 Hobart Wine Show
    • 2012 Balthasar Shiraz
      • Gold | 2014 Wine Showcase Magazine
        Wine Showcase Magazine
      • Gold | 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards

        Powerful nose of fresh fruit and spice with attractive harmonious oak. While medium-weight, this offers incredible concentration in the mouth with notes of sweet, polished oak along with a superb richness of dark berries and mocha; plush and poised with firm yet balanced, elegant tannins. Stylish!

      • Gold | 2015 International Wine Challenge
    • 2010 Balthasar Shiraz
      • Silver | 2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Winestate
        Winestate Magazine - Apr 2014

        Simple lolly fruit nose with peppery notes and long, light, vibrant red fruit palate

      • Adelaide Review, Nov 2013
        Adelaide Review, Nov 2013

        A complex interlude of mocha, savoury dough and stewed ripe cherries. This wine slots right into the back half of a great dinner party.

    • 2009 Balthasar Shiraz
      • 90 Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown
        Lisa Perrotti-BrownWine Advocate, USA, Feb 2013

        Deep garnet in color, the 2009 Balthasar Shiraz offers lovely, warm blackberry, creme de cassis, dried mulberries and spice cake aromas with hints of leather. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the palate gives spicy fruit flavors, crisp acid and medium to firm, rounded tannins through the long and very spicy finish.

      • 90 Points – Wine & Spirits, USA, Oct 2012
        Wine & Spirits, USA, Oct 2012

        This starts off blunt and rip, a meaty black pudding of a wine. As the tannins soften a bit with air, the wine takes shape, moving beyond morcilla toward fresh black plum and a touch of orange acidity. Decant it for spicy grilled lamb.

      • Silver – 2011 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2013 Sydney Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2012 Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards
        2012 Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards
      • Bronze – 2011 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2011 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Other (4 Stars) – WineState, National, Jan 2013
        WineState, National, Jan 2013

        Nice chocolaty, tobacco maturity on the nose yet it's still bright and youthful. Alcohol warmth on the palate, but the fruit can handle it.

      • Other (4 Stars) – Winestate, Australia Oct 2012
        Winestate, Australia Oct 2012

        Nice chocolaty, tobacco maturity on the nose yet it's still bright and youthful. Alcohol warmth on the palate, but the fruit can handle it.

      • Kerry Skinner
        Kerry SkinnerIllawarra Mercury, NSW, Sep 2013

        Frm the Eden Valley and named after Balthasar, one of the Three Wise Men. A touch of viognier adds extra complexity to this smooth, supple and savoury cool climate shiraz with it's black and blue fruit, integrated spice and long-term cellaring potential.

      • Winestate | Australia | Apr 2013
        Winestate, Australia, Apr 2013

        Crushed ant character to the dark fruit nose and complex, dill pickle-like flavours.

    • 2008 Balthasar Shiraz
      • 94 Points | James Halliday
        James Hallidaytasted Nov 2011

        The high level of toasty oak is evident on the bouquet, but the wealth of sweet and fragrant red fruits, mineral complexity and violet florals is intriguing; the palate is fresh, almost zesty, and the tannins fine and silky smooth; a very good big-boned '

      • 94 Points | James Halliday

        The high level of toasty oak is evident on the bouquet, but the wealth of sweet and fragrant red fruits, mineral complexity and violet florals is intriguing; the palate is fresh, almost zesty, and the tannins fine and silky smooth; a very good big-boned '08 Shiraz.

      • Gold | 2013 Sydney International Wine Competition

        Judges' comments: Brent Marris - A rich ripe Shiraz. Sweet fruit and balanced tannins. Great length with lovely integrated oak. A great match with ripe fruit. Good tannins all the way through. Wilfred Wong - A deep ruby colour. Grapey. Some dry dust. Some earthy characters. Medium bodied. Jucy on the palate. Grapey flavours. Xenia Irwin MW - A ripe black fruit style. Good bright fruit. Good oak influence and integration gives depth and weight. Solid through the mid palate but nice and long. It works well with the food. Warren Gibson - A ripe oaky nose. Attractive classical Australian style. Very rich and ripe. Big tannins but too volatile and overripe with the dish. Adrian Atkinson - A medium dark inky crimson colour. Some development and earthy characters.

      • Bronze – 2010 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2009 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Other (Commended) – 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
      • Other (Commended) – 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
      • Other (4.5 Stars) | John Lewis
        John LewisNewcastle Herald April 2012

        Made from cooler-climate grapes from the Eden Valley area of the Barossa, the Balthasars used to have a small infusion of Viognier.
        Burge senior winemaker Craig Stansborough has made this 2008 a 100 percent shiraz with inky purple hues and berry pastille scents. Intense blood plum flavour shows on the front of the palate and maraschino cherry, dark chocolate and molasses fruit characters integrate with coconutty oak on the middle palate. Chalky tannins hold sway at the finish. Drink with chicken cacciatore, steak and mushroom pie or barbecued pork chops.

      • Other (4 Stars) | WineState, National | Jan 2013
        WineState, National, Jan 2013

        Rich and brooding - still youthful with a complexity of baked black fruits, attractive, oak length, drying tannins and a hint of soft olives and herbs.

      • Other (4 Stars) | Winestate, Australia Oct 2012
        Winestate, Australia Oct 2012

        Rich and brooding - still youthful with a complexity of baked black fruits, attractive oak, length, drying tannins and a hint of soft olives and herbs.

      • Drinks Trade | Jan 2012
        Drinks Trade - Jan 2012

        Carefully harvested before the heatwave, this wine has been made using traditional European winemaking techniques such as extended maceration and plenty of maturing time. Based on the elegance of the fruit sourced from the Eden Valley region, this wine has always been the lesser-known Shiraz in the Wines of Distinction range. To marks the progression in style of this wine, the packaging has been developed to reflect the premium nature. This wine focuses on the distinct characters of Shiraz from a cool climate region.

      • WineState | Apr 2012
        WineState - Apr 2012

        A big Barossa shiraz that's silky, warm and flavoursome with prune, chocolate and meaty elements on nose and in mouth.

      • Mike Burnett
        Mike BurnettLaunceston Examiner Dec 2011

        One of the many things that Grant Burge Wines has always done well is it's packaging presentation, and the stylish Balthasar bottle to reflect its standing in the company's Wines of Distinction range is an immediate eye-catcher. Although the bottom line is always the wine's taste, there is no doubt that an impressive-looking bottle sitting on a table can add to the sense of occasion and anticipation.
        The Balthasar, drawn from the cooler subregion of the Eden Valley, does not disappoint on it's journey from the glass through the palate to a lengthy, savoury finish.
        Blackberry and plum fruit mix with spice and the savoury characters. It has a layered texture, with grainy tannins.
        Those familiar with Balthasar will recall that it came with a touch of Viognier, but this been dropped in the 2008.
        It shapes as a wine with excellent cellaring potential, with Grant Burge suggesting 10 years.

    • 2007 Balthasar Shiraz
      • 93 Points | James Halliday
        James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2012

        The colour is good, but doesn't have the extra brightness normally obtained with co-fermentation of Viognier; the palate, however, does, the red and black fruit of the Eden Valley component with good life and finely textured tannins in support.

      • 90 Points – Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh
        Campbell Mattinson & Gary WalshThe Big Red Wine Book 2010/11

        The affordable Grant Burge wines are usually excellent, though the higher priced wines can leave us scratching our heads. This release doesn't quite have us doing that, though the asking price does seem a bit heavy. It tastes of game and syrupy cherries, vanilla and toast. It's full and fleshy enough, though it becomes overly drying as you swallow. Time might be kind - it's an each-way bet.

      • Silver – 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards
      • Silver – 2011 International Wine Challenge UK
      • Bronze – 2009 Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2008 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Other (4 Stars) – Winestate June 2010
        Winestate June 2010

        Smells of plums and apricots with a light peppery lift. Beautifully constructed palate with great depth of sweet fruit and some 'serious' oak.

      • Lisa Johnston
        Lisa JohnstonSip your Style, October 2011

        Not all shiraz from the Barossa is about power and muscle. Coming from the cooler slopes, wines from the Eden Valley usually display more elegance, more prettiness you could say. This elegance is enhanced further with the addition of 10% Viognier to the blend, wrapping warm spice and pepper notes around a soft berry fruit and floral core. The intensity is generous while the body is not overpowering and will not leave you with a feeling of regret if relishing in the luxury of more than one glass. An ideal dinner partner for wild boar sausage and indulgently truffled mash.

      • John Fordham
        John FordhamSunday Telegraph March 2010

        Completing his latest red offerings are 2008 Filsell Shiraz, 2007 Balthasar Shiraz Viognier and newcomer 2005 Corryton Park Cabernet Sauvignon - all passed the test with flying colours!

      • Kerry Skinner
        Kerry SkinnerIllawarra Mercury June 2010

        The wine was named after Balthasar, one of the Three Wise Men. It's dripping with cherry and red berry fruit, a dash of spice, chocolate characters, nicely balanced oak and rounded tannins.

      • Mt Barker Courier | June 2010
        Mt Barker Courier - June 2010

        Sourced predominantly from the cooler Eden Valley, is bright red with purple hues.

        This delicately perfumed nose shows aromas of violets, ripe red berry flavours, dried woody spices, cinnamon and ground nutmeg, as well as hints of dark chocolate. Also present are subtle tones of old polished leather, ash and the earthiness of chocolate truffles. The palate is velvety with round raspberry fruit flavours, earthy tones and a hint of cherry ripe. The Tannins are very soft, a by-product of Viognier co-fermentation and the wine is well balanced with an enticing lingering finish.

      • National Liquor News - June 2010
        National Liquor News - June 2010

        Raspberry fruit flavours, earthy tones and a hint of cherry.

      • Sunday Tasmanian, October 2010
        Sunday Tasmanian, October 2010

        Bright ruby colour, fresh blackberry and char aromas, much lighter and fresher than many from the Barossa with a smooth, subtle palate of chocolate plum flavours and touches of spice, good depth, finished long with firm, understated tannins.

    • 2006 Balthasar Shiraz
      • Silver – 2007 Brisbane Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • 2005 Balthasar Shiraz
      • Silver – 2006 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • 2004 Balthasar Shiraz
      • Bronze – 2006 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2005 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • 2003 Balthasar Shiraz
      • 90 Points – Wine & Spirits Magazine June 2006
        Wine & Spirits Magazine June 2006

        Scents of chocolate and fig meet wood extract in this juicy black wine. It's warm and satisfying, the dark spice ready for slow-smoked beef ribs or the Indian-spiced oxtail on NY's Tabla.

      • Silver – 2004 Canberra Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2005 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2005 Canberra Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Brisbane Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2008 International Wine Challenge
      • Bronze – 2006 Decanter World Wine Awards
      • Bronze – 2005 San Francisco International Wine Competition
      • Other (Seal of Approval) – 2006 International Wine Challenge London
      • Other (Commended) – 2005 Decanter World Wine Awards
      • James Halliday
        James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2007

        Light to medium bodied; quite fragrant red fruits and spice bouquet; clean, fresh direct fruit flavours, simple structure Cork.

      • Dan Bergers
        Dan BergersVintage Experience August 17 2006

        Exceptional “Cranberry/black fruit, pepper, and a hint of clove....
        with a load of character and depth. Great balance, to pair with salmon.”

      • Harvey Steiman
        Harvey SteimanWineSpectator.com 2006

        Firm and chewy, with modest red berry and rhubarb flavours, finishing tart and lean.

      • Tyson Stelzer
        Tyson StelzerTop 500 Wines of 2005-2006 July 2005

        It's a fine art to capture Viognier lift in shiraz without letting it fall into tropical/apricot aromatics. This impressively spicy offering from Grant Burge pulls it off perfectly, amid fleshy plum/cherry fruit, spicy rhubarb leaf and pepper with fine, grippy tannins. A spicy shiraz for a warm vintage; quite a triumph! 91 out of 100 points. (Very good wine.) Best drinking around: 2005-2008. This bottle was sealed with a cork. Like it.

    • 2002 Balthasar Shiraz
      • 93 Points – Simon Woods
        Simon WoodsWine International, UK, February 2005

        The inaugural vintage of Balthasar is a blend of 93% Shiraz and 7% Viognier, mostly using fruit from Grant’s Eden Valley vineyard. It’s a boisterous liquorice-rich youngster on first opening but, with time in the glass, it calms down and reveals notes of berries, spice, freshly turned earth and juicy blackcurrant, as well as a refined, perfumed and well structured finish.

      • 90 Points – James Halliday
        James Halliday

        Very good colour; juicy red berry flavours lifted by Viognier; medium-bodied, long, but not over-much structure.

      • Bronze – 2005 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Harvey Steiman
        Harvey SteimanWineSpectator.com 2005

        A big wine with racy acidity that tries to keep it in balance, but it makes the floral, earthy berry flavours feel awkward.

      • Toni Paterson
        Toni PatersonNational Liquor News, Sep 2004

        A rich, full fruited wine with gorgeous cherry fruit and spice. The fragrance on both the nose and palate is enticing. A complete and harmonious wine which will improve with careful cellaring.

    • Balthasar Shiraz
      • Other | 2015 Australian Wine Vintages

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    2014 Balthasar Shiraz

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