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    2009 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

    The Fruit:

    The Abednego completes the Icon trio from Grant Burge Wines, sitting alongside the highly awarded Meshach and Shadrach which are Grant’s flagship Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is 100% Barossa using fruit sourced from Grant’s own vineyards with an average age of 110 years. The old vines deliver fruit with incredible concentration and depth giving the resultant wine the ability to develop over many years. The fruit is all handpicked, with the 2009 vintage a blend of 44% Shiraz, 31% Grenache and 25% Mourvèdre. Only 500 dozen produced.

    The Winemaking:

    After crushing and de-stemming, the grapes were fermented in static “potter type” fermenters and regularly pumped over. Once fermentation was complete the wine underwent extended maceration on skins to enhance the tannin structure. Following this process the free run and pressings were held separately while the winemakers decided on the perfect blend. A portion of the wine was then transferred into a 2,500 litre vat, with the remainder spending 16 months in one and two year old French oak hogsheads.

    2009 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

    The Comments:

    The 2009 Abednego is the end result of a sensational Grenache vintage. Deep ruby red with hints of purple, there are layers of fruit and spice aromas including dark cherries, raspberries, star anise, cinnamon and dark chocolate. The palate has beautifully supple tannins and a silky mouthfeel which highlight the pure dark fruit and savoury spice flavours.
    With careful cellaring this wine will evolve further in the next 12 years courtesy of the weight of tannins and fine balance. The flavours of this wine match brilliantly with game meats such as duck and venison.

    2009 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

    THE AWARDS & REVIEWS:

    • 2012 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre
      • Bronze | 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
      • Bronze | 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze | 2015 Hobart Wine Show
      • Silver | 2015 Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • 2009 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre
      • 94 Points – Tony Keys
        Tony Keysthebarefootreview.com.au, Apr 2013

        Top picks under $70.

      • 94 Points | Ken Gargett
        Ken GargettJan 2012

        More of an emphasis on shiraz here than with the Holy Trinity - another GSM. 44% Shiraz, 30% Grenache and 26% Mataro. The three varieties were all fermented together. Not common but that was how things worked out this year. This is young and it does seem to offer a slightly oaky note, though no new oak is apparently involved. There is a sandalwood note, a hint of nutmeg. It is bright and supple with black fruits. Very fine tannins, lingers beautifully. Serious potential here. Really like this. This is a more powerful richer, firmer wine with evident structure, than the 09 THT.

      • 93 Points | Stuart Robinson
        Stuart Robinsonthevinsomniac.com, Mar 2013

        Made in good years, production is in the 350-500 case territory. Fruit comes off vines 100+ years and all at a maximum yield of 1-2 t/acre. Fairly delicate aromatic approach, good perfume of rose, and florals. A little spice up front on the palate, very fine - silken almost- - with chalky tannins approaching the mid/back palate. Backed up with good fruit character, generous length.

      • 90+ Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown
        Lisa Perrotti-BrownWine Advocate, USA, Feb 2013

        Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2009 SGM Abednego is scented of warm raspberry tart and dried mulberry with some loam and earth undertones topped with a touch of spice. Tight-knit and crisp on the palate, it has low to medium levels of chewy tannins and a long finish with some white pepper coming through on the end.

      • Bronze | 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards

        An attractive sweet nose with ripe blueberries, mulberries and notes of white pepper. Dense and full-bodied on the palate with rich and open flavours.

      • Bronze – 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards
      • Bronze – 2011 Hobart Wine show
      • Bronze – 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Other (5 Stars) | Ralph Kyte-Powell
        Ralph Kyte-PowellThe Age, VIC May 2012

        Grant Burge's century-old vines speak eloquently through this impressive red blend. Subtle red berry, spice, earth and new leather aromas lead to an elegant palate of lovely ripe flavours, fine texture, soft tannins and an ultra-lingering finish.

      • Other (5 Stars) – John Lewis
        John LewisNewcastle Herald Apr 2012

        Savoury delights burst forth in this blend of 33 per cent Shiraz, 31 per cent Grenache and 25 per cent Mourvedre.
        It is brick red with a purple core and has briar aromas.
        Gamey plum flavour zips onto the front of the palate and elements of Turkish Delight, liquorice, dried cranberries and spearmint integrate with spicy oak on the middle palate. Dusty tannins feature at the finish. Drink with Duck a l'orange, braised venison shanks with garlic beans or Moroccan spiced lamb.

      • Other (4 Stars) | Graeme Phillips
        Graeme PhillipsSunday Tasmanian, Hobart, May 2012

        composed proportionately of 44:31:25 Shiraz, grenach, mourvedre this is a limited release. And it's good to see Burge in recent years pulling back from the high alcohol weight of his wines, the generous flavours of this one marked by a quite delicious fresh juiciness, the refined, mid weight palate full of life and fruit purity before a balanced and long-lingering finish. Lovely drinking.

      • Matthew Jukes
        Mathew Jukes 2012 100 Best Australian Wines

        This is only the second time that Grant Burge has appeared in my 100 and, interestingly, it was this exact cuvée that made the grade last time. Coming from 100 year old plus Shiraz and Mourvèdre vines, Abednego is a pantechnicon of a proposal. With a massive, dark, brooding nose and a sensationally impactful palate, admittedly you would not expect to drink this wine at only three years old preferring to allow it to mature, but there is so much daring and showmanship involved in the glass it is pointless trying to deny yourself the pleasure of diving in.

      • Campbell Mattinson
        Campbell MattinsonThe Winefront.com Apr 2012

        Blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. All grown on 100 (plus) year old vines. The three varieties were co-fermented. Lighter and less oak-driven than many of the Grant Burge supers of the past. Seems fresher as a result. Tastes of fresh raspberries/strawberries and blackberry jam, sandalwood and earth. Minerally, creamy tannin. Fine and elegant. A refreshing style of red. Spicy aftertaste. Caught me by surprise, this one did. It's not in the style I was expecting, but it's a lovely drink.

      • Winingpom.com.au Apr 2012
        Winingpom.com.au Apr 2012

        This is the joy of the Burge Barossa blend done to perfection. Shiraz 44%, Grenache 31% and Mourvedre 25%, are given a subtle massage resulting in a Rhone-inspired red. It's nicely medium bodied at around 13% and it has an attractive personality on the nose. There's a good combination of dark and red fruits, it has a nicely savoury, meaty edge too. Cooked meats, white pepper, and other spicy ephemera enliven the senses. Love the mouth feel and the slippery weight of the wine across the palate; it's not blockbuster, but beautifully handled with raspberry, black cherry and spice all playing their part, nicely raspy tannins and clean, up front acids make it a mouth-watering food style. It finishes long and made me go back for another glass. Lovely work.

    • 2008 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre
      • 92 Points | James Halliday

        Deep garnet; the bouquet offers anise, raspberry confiture and some dried herb complexity; medium-bodied fleshy and generous, the high level of sweet fruit is held in check by tine tannins and well-handled oak.

      • Gold – 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2011 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Comp
      • Bronze – 2010 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2010 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2009 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • 2005 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre
      • 97 Points | James Halliday
        James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2012

        Developed red colour, tending to brick; a 42%/35%/23% blend; defies its colour and avoids the frequent confection characters of Rhone blends from the Barossa Valley, the outstanding feature of this French-oak matured wine is its extreme length and its silken line of spicy flavour. It really is world class, as is the back label.

      • 97 Points – James Halliday

        Tasted 5/03/2011

      • 95 Points – Ray Jordan
        Ray JordanFeb 2011

        This has developed into a lovely rich wine. Drinking beautifully right now with some years ahead of it. Sourced from three vineyards that are all at least 100 years old. The fruit is left on skins for a month, clearly contributing to the excellent tannin, colour and flavour. The oak is all French but none is new so the fruit expression is not compromised. A terrific Rhone-style wine.

      • 90 Points & 4 Stars – Rob Geddes
        Rob GeddesThe Gold Book 2012

        These are a cut above most Australian GSM styles, choosing the blend according to the year and have complexity and elegance for such a robust style.

      • Silver – 2006 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2006 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2009 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Alex Berry
        Alex BerryShepparton News, VIC Apr 2011

        Abednego completes the icon trio and sits beside the highly acclaimed flagship wines Meshach and Shadrach. The wine, which accompanied the dinner's sixth course of braised ox cheek, creamed polenta, pencil leeks and a grenache glaze, is 100% Barossa-made, sourced from premium vineyards with an average age of 110 years old. The old vines produce incredible concentration and depth to allow the wine to develop for many years. This is very much a Rhone-style wine with extended maceration on solids, and one to impress the French with. A well-balanced wine with fine grained tannins, this will keep for 15-20 years.

    • 2004 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre
      • 92 Points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
        Lisa Perrotti-Brown MWWine Advocate, USA, Dec 2010

        Medium garnet coloured, 2004 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre gives evolved aromas of spice cake, dates, fig paste, leather, tobacco and an earthy undercurrent of damp loam and underbrush. Medium to full bodied with firm fine tannins and refreshing acidity, this is a balanced and elegant style for this blend. Mature and drinking well now, it should continue to cellar to 2018.

      • 92 Points – Tony Key
        Tony Keythe Key review of wines Apr 2009

        Rich fruitcake nose and full I the mouth with a full array of powerful flavours.

      • 92 Points – Parker Points

        Early

      • Bronze – 2006 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2005 Brisbane Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2006 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Other (5 Stars) | Ralph Kyte-Powell
        Ralph Kyte-PowellThe Age, Melbourne, Mar 2009

        A good deal less soupy and alchoholic than some similar Barossa blends, this shiraz-mourvedre-grenache has an interesting nose that's nicely understated. There are gentle berry, spice, liquorice and meaty aromas that lead through a seamless, medium-bodied palate of easy texture and persistent flavour. It finishes soft and long with balanced, fine tannins.

      • Other (4.5 Stars) | Ralph Kyte-Powell
        Ralph Kyte-PowellThe Age Mar 2009

        First Class, a wine of distinction not far below the top rating. Indulge Yourself. A GOOD deal less soupy and alcoholic than similar Barossa blends, this shiraz- mourvedre-grenache has an interesting nose that's nicely understated. There are gentle berry, spice, liquorice and meaty aromas that lead through a seamless, medium-bodied palate of easy texture and persistent flavour. It finishes soft and long with balanced, fine tannins.
        Ageing? Drink over three years plus
        Food Ideas: braised veal shanks; pasta with ragu.

      • Kerry Skinner
        Kerry SkinnerIllawarra Mercury, NSW, Apr 2009

        A blend of Barossa shiraz, mourvedre and grenache from century-old vines. Complex and classically made in the Rhone style, it's brimming with berry fruit flavours, a core of spice, balanced oak and firmly structured tannins.

    • 2003 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre
      • 91 Points – Wine Enthusiast Nov 2007
        Wine Enthusiast Nov 2007

        Only the second vintage of this wine, which sits above The Holy Trinity in the Grant Burge hierarchy. The 2003 is a blend of 36% Mourvedre, 33% Grenache and 31% Shiraz, showing hints of tea and cola on the nose to go with dark blackberry and coffee flavours. This is crisp and well-structured, with some drying tannins on the finish that suggest short-term cellaring.

      • Bronze – 2005 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2005 Brisbane Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2007 Brisbane Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2006 Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • 2002 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre
      • 93 Points – James Halliday
        James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2007

        Light to medium bodied; juicy red fruits, clean and still very fresh and vibrant, though doesn't have the structure for long-term aging.

      • 92 Points – Jay Miller
        Jay MillereRobertParker.com Oct 2007 & Wine Advocate Nov 2007

        The 2002 Abednego is a blend of 36% Mourvedre, 33% Grenache, and 31% Shiraz sourced from vines at least 50 years of age. Very Rhone-like, it has an alluring perfume of damp earth, garrigue, kirsch, and black raspberry. Velvety and full-flavoured, it has excellent depth and length.

      • 92 Points – Parker Points

        Mature

      • Gold – 2007 Sydney International Wine Competition
      • Gold – 2005 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Silver – 2006 International Wine & Spirit Competition
      • Silver – 2004 Barossa Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2005 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2005 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2006 International Wine Challenge London
      • Other (4 Stars) – Wine of the Month feature, Decanter, UK, July 2006
        Wine of the Month feature, Decanter, UK, July 2006

        Aussie version of the classic Rhone Blend-Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre. A big wine packed with blackberry fruit, spices and distinctive herbal note. Perfect for a meat casserole. Drinking now but has the tannic structure to last.

      • Kerry Skinner
        Kerry SkinnerIllawarra Mercury, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, February 2006

        This Rhone-style blend completes a trio of super premium
        wines created by Barossa winemaker Grant Burge.
        It proudly stands alongside his magnificent Meshach shiraz and
        Shadrach cabernet sauvignon and all are named after the Old
        Testament’s ‘three believers’. Made in the traditional French
        style it’s nicely balanced with upfront berry fruit flavours,
        spicy characters, mintiness and silky tannins. Drink it with smoked beef.

      • Matthew Jukes
        Matthew Jukes100 Best Australian Wines 2005 www.matthewjukes.com

        An approximate third each of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre, with a liberal dusting of Grant Burge magic and you have what can only be described as an era changing wine.  I have known Abednego since it was born and it is a thoroughbred stallion.

      • Nigel Austin and Chris Lines quoting Matthew Jukes
        Nigel Austin and Chris Lines quoting Matthew JukesThe Advertiser, May 05

        Grant Burge’s stallion leads the New World charge. Grant Burge Abednego heralded as top Australian Wine. One of Britain's best known and most influential wine figures believes Australia has surpassed France as the benchmark for wine. Matthew Jukes, whose opinions have been a fixture in the British media for many years, has released an updated list of the 100 best Australian wines. In releasing the list, Mr Jukes said Australia had become the model to which the French wine sector was comparing itself. “Australia is where it's at. No 1. perfect” he said. “You guys don't need to refer to France anymore as the model-you guys are the model.” 2002 Grant Burge Abednego-“What can only be described as an era-changing wine. I have known Abednego since it was born and it is a thoroughbred stallion.”Matthew Jukes"

    2009 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

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    2009 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

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