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    2009 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon

    The Fruit:

    The Cabernet Sauvignon for Grant Burge’s flagship Shadrach has been
    sourced entirely from Barossa vineyards, where he believes the conditions
    are perfect for growing super-premium Cabernet Sauvignon with great
    finesse, intensity and structure. The fruit for the 2009 Shadrach is sourced
    from Grant’s Corryton Park vineyard, high in the cool-climate Eden Valley,
    and blended seamlessly with fruit from the Barossa Valley floor with its
    concentrated rich fruit flavours. The 2009 had a long, cool growing season
    ideally suited to slow ripening Cabernet Sauvignon.

    The Winemaking:

    The wine underwent traditional fermentation in open stainless
    steel static fermenters for seven days, with a portion of fruit left on
    skins to undergo extended maceration to develop its complexity.
    The balance underwent primary and malolactic fermentation in
    predominantly French oak, and was then matured in new and one
    year old oak for a further 21 months. It has spent 3 years in bottle
    before its release.

    2009 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon

    The Comments:

    The 2009 Shadrach is deep inky purple in colour
    and shows concentrated aromas of blackcurrant, dark
    chocolate and eucalypt with hints of mint and vanilla
    bean. The palate is full bodied with spicy berry fruit and
    liquorice characters. The rich mid-palate is followed by
    fine tannins and exceptional length.

    2009 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon

    THE AWARDS & REVIEWS:

    • 2013 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Gold | 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
      • Gold | 2015 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze | 2015 National Wine Show
      • Bronze | 2015 Melbourne Wine Show
      • Silver | 2015 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • 2012 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Bronze | 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze | 2015 New York World Wine and Spirit Competition
      • Bronze | 2015 Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition
      • Bronze | 2015 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze | 2015 National Wine Show
      • Bronze | 2015 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • 2011 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Bronze – 2012 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Other (Commended) – 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • 2010 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Silver – 2012 Canberra National Wine Show
      • Silver – 2012 Perth Wine Show
      • Silver – 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2013 Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2012 Perth Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2012 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • 2009 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • 95 Points | James Halliday
        James Halliday2014 Wine Companion, Aug 2013

        Barrel and bottle ageing has led to the first stages of colour change; overall this cabernet sauvignon has remarkable synergy to its flavour, structure and texture inputs, resulting in a supple, ultra-smooth and beautifully balanced exercise in blackcurrant/cassis fruit.

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

        Deep garnet in color, the 2009 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon opens with really ripe cassis, eucalyptus, clove and chocolate aromas. Rich, concentrated and full-bodied, it has bright, crisp acid alongside medium to firm, fine tannins and a long finish.

      • Gold | 2014 Sydney International Wine competition

        Blue-Gold/Top 100

      • Gold – 2011 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Gold – 2011 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Silver – 2013 Sydney Royal Wine Show
      • Silver – 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2012 Hobart Wine Show
        2012 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2012 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2012 Perth Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2012 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2011 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2010 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Winestate, Australia, Aug 2013
        Winestate, Australia, Aug 2013

        A modern style, with the varietal fruit intensity on the nose matched by the grippy palate.

    • 2008 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • 94 Points – Mike Frost
        Mike FrostCourier Mail QLD, Apr 2012

        The 2008 vintage of Grant Burge's flagship Cabernet Sauvignon is largely based on fruit from his Corryton Park vineyard in the Eden Valley, with 20 per cent from vineyards on the Barossa floor. It shows rich blackcurrant and blackberry on the nose and palate, with integrated French Oak and fine, firm tannins on the finish. You could try it now with roast leg of lamb, but it really should be tucked away for another five years to show it's best.

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

        Fruit for this Cabernet is sourced from two sites: Corryton Park (75%) at an elevation of about 500m, and the remainder from Cameron Vale, slightly lower elevation with vines around the 40 year mark. Opens with choc-mint character leading, slight dusty profile backed up with small red berries. Dusty/ grainy tannin, chocolate, spice and layered texture - backing up with a little mint. Drying finish, gives length and richness. All French oak here, 60% new and the balance 2 year old.

      • 90 Points | Gary Walsh
        Gary WalshThe Wine Front March 2012

        Gum leaf, mint, menthol, coffee and nougat oak, dark berries. It's medium to full bodied with a good volume of sweet red and black fruit and plenty of oak to match. Attractive fine grained tannin and fairly soft structure - acid pings a little on the finish. Some rum and raisin characters are there too, although they're not distracting. A pleasant wine.

      • Gold – 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition
      • Silver | 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards

        Fairly evolved this, with an intense, forward nose of herb, eucalyptus and pepper. Substantial and long, traditionally styled, with plenty of gamey red fruit and prominent oak but sensitively weighted and elegant with satisfying freshness and a long finish.

      • Silver – 2012 Decanter Asia Wine Awards
      • Silver – 2010 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Silver – 2010 Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
      • Bronze – 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
      • Bronze – 2012 Sydney Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2011 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Other (Commended) – 2012 International Wine Challenge
      • Other (5 Stars) | John Lewis
        John LewisTop Shelf, Newcastle Herald - April 2012

        Grant Burge's early Shadrachs had as much as 80 percent Coonawarra material blended with Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon and he tried unsuccessfully to acquire a Coonawarra vineyard. In 1999 he found an alternative source in his native Barossa by buying the historic Corryton Park property at Mount Crawford, which has spring, summer and autumn temperatures around the same as Coonawarra.
        This 2008 Shadrach is 80 per cent Corryton Park fruit and 20 per cent from Barossa floor-grown grapes. It's a lovely multi-layered, garnet coloured, cassis and cinnamon-scented red. Smooth blackberry flavour features on the front of the palate and mint chocolate, black cherry and cloves fruit characters marry with vanillin oak on the middle palate. Lingering berry fruit and earthy tannins combine at the finish.
        Drink with Lamb tangine and couscous or rib of beef with béarnaise sauce.

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

        An excellent blockbuster of a wine with a classic cabernet nose of spices and red berries. Good flavour intensity - lots of sweet fruit. A keeper.

      • Other (4 Stars) | WineState Magazine - June 2012
        WineState Magazine - June 2012

        An excellent blockbuster of a wine with a classic cabernet nose of spices and red berries. Good flavour intensity - lots of sweet fruit. A keeper.

      • Lisa Perrotti-Brown
        Lisa Perrotti-BrownWine Advocate, USA, Feb 2013

        Deep garnet in color, the 2008 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon reveals aromas of ripe blackberry and black currant cordial that are a little prune and raisin-like. Very crisp on the full-bodied palate, it is overblown somewhat with a medium level of chewy tannins and a long finish.

      • Kerry Skinner
        Kerry SkinnerOn the Vine April 2012

        It was 2000 when Grant Burge planted a cool-climate cabernet vineyard on the historic Corryton Park. Burge could well be right when he describes this wine as a game changer in his quest to produce a cabernet capable of standing alongside the best in the business. Matured in new (75 per cent) and used French oak it's stylish and super smart with layers of plum and black fruit, background spice, choc-mint characters and the potential to cellar for two decades.

      • Louise Radman
        Louise RadmanSumptuous Magazine Jul 2012

        Grant Burge's flagship Shadrach is a long-time favourite at the top of the Barossa Cabernet crop. Hallmark aromatics from Corryton Park vineyard in the heights of Eden Valley are woven with power and density from the Barossa floor. Lifted sage and minty tones open onto a complex palate enveloped in sumptuous cassis, liquorice and chocolate tones. Long and fine with seamless tannin profile - unmistakably cabernet in truly wonderful Barossa style.

      • National Liquor News, Australia, May 2012
        National Liquor News, Australia, May 2012

        Blackberry and blackcurrant flavours balance with fine tannins.

      • Ross Noble
        Ross NobleMount Barker Courier Jul 2012

        The dominant cool climate fruit and judicious use of French oak has resulted in an elegant cabernet with blackcurrant and blackberry enhanced by fine tannins

      • WineState Magazine | Aug 2012
        WineState Magazine - Aug 2012

        Rich, Christmas cake-like complexity to the nose and hot, alcohol palate with quality fruit and loads of acid.

    • 2006 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Trophy – 2009 Hyatt Advertiser SA Wine of the Year
      • 94 Points – Nick Stock
        Nick StockWINE 100, May 2009

        Burge's top shelf Cabernet sits dark in the glass and has some distinct tarry accents that open up nicely with air to cassis, leaves, leather and underbrush. Dense tannins nicely extruded through the palate carrying briar fruits, cool mint and leaf flavours. Assertive Cab that demands decanting or ageing- preferably both.

      • 93+ Points – Paul Ippolito
        Paul IppolitoSharing a passion for Australian Wine, May 2009

        Excellent. The Five Minute Wine Rush. Grant Burge names his finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Shadrach. He sources its grapes mainly from his Corryton Park vineyard- both high and cool in the Barossa (ranges) and then follows this up with winemaking that includes 21 months in French oak. So the overall expectations are quiet high. My view is that is delivers these expectations well and truly. I was impressed with the elegant structure of the wine but in the same breath, its substance is good fruit, no holes on the palate and overall character- ie drinkability. No leanness, tightness and unwieldiness here- no, it is pretty much full on from the moment you extract the cork. The impressive intense spicy and distinctive aromas all carry through neatly making their opening remarks. The palate is soft and round yet seriously imparts layers of complexity as the wine evolves with time in the glass… hints of toasty oak follow along with smooth ripe tannins. A good lineal structure at the end marries well with the overall fruit and provides that balanced drinkability that I look for in wines, and particularly cabernet. Cherries, blackberries, mulberries, blackcurrants and plums all make their appearance in one shape or form. Dark chocolate and liquorice as well along with tealeaf and light prunes.

      • 93 Points – Tony Key
        Tony KeyThe key review of wines (the krow) April 2009

        So very much power from the nose to the long, disappearing tail. It's big in alcohol at 14.5% but that's not really an issue; time is the bigger issue; time is the bigger issue. I think this will drink beautifully when it passes its 10th birthday. I give it 93 (points) now for its balance and construction… its fine to taste but not yet to drink.

      • 92 Points & 5 Stars – Rob Geddes
        Rob GeddesThe Gold Book 2012

        Impressive quality fruit and winemaking. The deep rich varietal fruit is in the Bin 707 orbit with cigar box, fine acidity and tannin balance.

      • 91 Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
        Lisa Perrotti-Brown MWWine Advocate, USA, Dec 2010

        2006 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple colour and evolving dried plum, earth, cloves and coffee notes with a faint scent of cigar boxes and a whiff of dried oregano. This is a more structured style with a high level of slightly astringent tannins and crisp acidity slightly dominating the berry and spice flavours. The finish is long a chewy.

      • 91 Points – Parker Points

        Early

      • 90 Points – James Halliday
        James Halliday2010 Australian Wine Companion

        A brooding wine, full of rich, ripe and essence cassis fruit; fully proportioned on the palate, similar essency fruit carries right through to the dark, and quite tannic, finish.

      • 90 Points – James Halliday

        A brooding wine, full of rich, ripe and essency cassis fruit; fully proportioned on the palate, similar essency fruit carries right through to the dark, and quite tannic, finish.

      • Gold – 2009 Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Silver – 2009 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Silver – 2008 Canberra Regional Wine Show
      • Silver – 2008 Perth Royal WineShow
      • Bronze – 2009 Royal Sydney Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2007 Brisbane Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards
      • Bronze – 2009 International Wine Challenge
      • Bronze – 2009 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2009 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2008 Hobart International Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2008 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2008 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Other (4 Stars) – Graeme Phillips
        Graeme PhillipsSunday Tasmanian, Apr 2009

        A very dark and concentrated essency number with sweet blackberry, deeper mocha and touches of fresher leafy, minty flavours on a rounded, lusciously textured and full-bodied palate finished with a really firm tannic grip which should happily see the wine through the next decade and more.

      • Winewise | Mar 2010
        Winewise - Mar 2010

        Highly Recommended. The Barossa Valley can produce very classy cabernet sauvignon and this is one of them. The classic blackcurrant varietal character is evident, as are the lashings of oak. Give it cellaring time

      • www.firstpress.com.au, March 2010
        www.firstpress.com.au, March 2010

        Summary of Judge's comments - Sydney International Wine Show: tasted with Lamb Pithiviers:-

        "Elegant weight of fruit balanced by sandy tannin. The food brings out the pure, juicy fruit in the wine" Jane Boyce MW, Northern Ireland.

        "The herbal notes complement the land and the rosemary of the dish." Liam McElhinney, Marlborough, New Zealand

      • Hyatt/Advertiser 2009 Wine of the Year Awards
        Hyatt/Advertiser 2009 Wine of the Year Awards

        Elegance in a glass - blackcurrant fruit and flavours our front and not over run by a truckload of cabernet tannins, though well backed up with rich mid-palate action and distinctive drinking style. Very Smart.

      • Jeff Collerson
        Jeff CollersonMay 2009

        In 1999 Burge planted Corryton Park vineyard high in SA's Eden Valley, convinced it would yield great cabernet. This is the first Shadrach dominated by Corryton Park grapes (70 per cent) and Burge believes it vindicates his faith in the area. 'Corryton Park fruit is leaner, with more up-front berry flavour than you get from lower regions. It is exactly what cabernet sauvignon should be' he says.

      • Kerry Skinner
        Kerry SkinnerIllawarra Mercury, NSW, Apr 2009

        It was somkewhat of a gamble when Burge planted cabernet vines in the cool climate Eden Valley in 1998 but it turned out to be a masterstroke. A classic cabernet, lashings of pure black berry fruit, chocolate characters, beautiful oak and velvet smooth tannins.

      • Winies Wine Magazine | SOUTH KOREA | April 2009
        Winies Wine Magazine -SOUTH KOREA - April 2009

        Monthly Hot Item! Very Impressive wine- black berry and herb aromas, good structure, well balanced and powerful

    • 2005 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Trophy – 2007 Barossa Wine Show
      • 95 Points – James Halliday
        James Halliday2009 Australian Wine Companion

        Deeper, though less bright colour than the Cameron Vale; fine texture and structure, and very good varietal fruit profile; fine-grained tannins and quality oak. Outstanding.

      • 95 Points – James Halliday

        Tasted 3/03/2008

      • 93 Points – Jeremy Oliver
        Jeremy Oliver2009 Australian Wine Annual

        A very stylish, full-flavoured cabernet whose intense, ripe blackberry, cassis, dark plum flavours are tightly knot with polished nuances of dark chocolate, cedar and vanilla oak. It's scented with violets and dried herbs and its smooth, juicy palate is underpinned by a gravelly, fine-grained backbone of drying tannins, finishing with lingering nuances of game meats and bright, slightly confectionery red fruits. Very complete and balanced.

      • 90 Points – Harvey Steiman
        Harvey SteimanWine Spectator USA October 2008

        This fleshy red is generous with its cherry, blackberry and cream flavours hinting at mint and sage as the finish opens up nicely. A stylish wine with a seamless feel.

      • Gold – 2008 Decanter World Wine Awards
      • Gold – 2008 Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Gold – 2007 Barossa Wine Show
      • Silver – 2007 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Silver – 2008 International Wine Challenge
      • Silver – 2008 Macquarie Bank Royal Sydney Wine Show
      • Silver – 2007 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2007 Perth Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2006 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2008 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Liquor Watch, May 2008
        Liquor Watch, May 2008

        Two Classic Reds In celebration of the 20th year for Grant Burge Wines, the annual release of their two-flagship reds have been staged together. The Meshach and the Shadrach are both champions that have envious show records. The 2003 Meshach Shiraz has an intense nose with aromas of white pepper; rich plums as well as hints of sage and thyme. The 2005 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon is the epitome of Cabernet excellence due to its intense complexity of red berry fruits and blackcurrant overlay.

      • National Liquor News, April 2008
        National Liquor News, April 2008

        Grant Burge has released the latest vintages of its flagship wines- the Meshach, a Shiraz and Shadrach, a Cabernet Sauvignon, which rarely coincide. Now in its 20th year of operations, Grant Burge is releasing the 2003 Meshach and 2005 Shadrach together, which Grant Burge himself has ranked among the finest reds he has made in his 35 plus years of winemaking. The Meshach will retails for $120, while the Shadrach which picked up Best Cabernet Sauvignon at last year's Barossa Wine Show.

    • 2004 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • 93 Points – Joe Czerwinski
        Joe CzerwinskiWine Enthusiast- Feb 2008

        Wine Enthusiast notes ‘Shadrach’ The Elegant side of the Barossa ‘A repeat top performer, Grant Burge Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon has previously been a blend of regions, … but because of the strength of the vintage, the 2004 is 100% Barossa…. Coffee, tobacco, cassis and chocolate aromas and flavours give this wine a decent profile, but it retains Cabernets aristocratic structure. It’s round and rich, yet firmly built, picking up tea-like notes on the lengthy finish…'

      • 93 Points – Huon Hooke/ Bob Campbell MW
        Huon Hooke/ Bob Campbell MWAustralian Gourmet Traveller, October 2007

        Australian Gourmet Traveller. Very deep, dark colour pre-empts a power packed, concentrated wine, with supporting rather than domineering oak and rich, almost chewy tannins. Excellent fruit ripeness and intensity.

      • 90 Points – James Halliday
        James Halliday2009 Australian Wine Companion

        Ripe blackcurrant fruit verging on outright sweetness; some chocolate and vanilla notes plus supple tannins.

      • 90 Points – Max Crus
        Max CrusDaily Advertiser, Morning Bulletin QLDCoffs Coast Advocate NSW, Jan 2009

        It seemed appropriate to be discussing this and the Meshach while the Pope was doing his thing in Oz. We showed due reverence and prayed to Bacchus and St Stelvin.

      • 90 Points – James Halliday

        Ripe blackcurrant fruit verging on outright sweetness; some chocolate and vanilla notes plus supple tannins.

      • Bronze – 2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2006 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2006 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2006 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2006 Royal Queensland Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2007 Canberra Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2006 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2007 Hobart Wine Show
      • Other (4.5 Stars) – John Lewis
        John LewisNewcastle Herald Nov 2007

        Up until now this 2004 wine Grant Burge made his Shadrach wines from 60per cent to 80 per cent Coonawarra grapes.
        The 2004, however, is Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon with a small merlot and petit verdot component and, although it has 14 per cent alcohol, it displays elegance and complexity.
        It is dense inky purple and has plum pudding and brandy sauce aromas. Intense blackcurrant flavour dominates the front of the palate and malt and mocha coffee and plum fruit characters combine with nutty oak on the middle palate. Minty tannins integrate with lingering berry fruit at the finish.
        Try it with chicken Marengo, rack of lamb with Bordelaise sauce or steak tartare.

    • 2002 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Bronze – 2006 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2005 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2005 Brisbane Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2003 Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2005 Barossa Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Barossa Wine Show
    • 2001 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • 91 Points – Jay Miller
        Jay MillerWine Advocate-November 2007

        The Grant Burge red line-up starts with the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon “Shadrach”. Sixty percent of the fruit was sourced from Coonawarra with the balance from Barossa and Adelaide Hills. Inky purple, it spent 20 months in ‘seasoned French oak and 3 years in bottle prior to release. It gives up an alluring nose of cedar, spice box, red currants, and black currants along with a hint of mint. Layered, ripe, and sweet on the palate.

      • 91 Points – Parker Points

        Mature

      • Gold – 2002 Hobart Wine Show 2002
      • Gold – 2005 Canberra Wine Show
      • Gold – 2006 Decanter World Wine Awards
      • Silver – 2004 Royal Sydney Wine Show
      • Silver – 2006 International Wine Challenge London
      • Bronze – 2003 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2003 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2003 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2003 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2005 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Canberra Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2003 Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2002 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2002 Royal Queensland Show
      • Bronze – 2003 Royal Queensland Show
      • Bronze – 2003 Royal Queensland Show
    • 2000 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • 95 Points – Andrew Corrigan MW
        Andrew Corrigan MWTop 100 Wines-Courier Mail Brisbane, June 2006

        There is lots of fuss for Meshach, the Grant Burge icon Shiraz and the Shadrach can be overlooked. It is a blend from excellent vineyards in the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra and has great length and complex juicy flavours.

      • 93 Points – Daryna Tobey
        Daryna TobeyWine Enthusiast USA October 2006

        Tasted alongside other South Australian Cabs, this one
        is distinguished by its restraint and elegance. The nose has a nice briary quality; the palate has well-integrated tannins, and flavours of red fruit and eucalyptus. Medium in body, and very juicy through the long finish. Delicious now through 2013.

      • Silver – 2004 Royal Sydney Wine Show
      • Silver – 2004 Decanter World Wine Awards
      • Bronze – 2003 Perth Royal Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2004 Brisbane Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2003 Royal Queensland Show
      • James Halliday
        James HallidayWine Companion 2006

        Uncertain colour; spice, herb, berry and leaf; overall, reflects the vintage

      • John Fordham
        John FordhamWine List, Sunday Telegraph NSW January 2006

        Grant Burge’s Shadrach is an iconic cabernet sauvignon intended to be largely driven by fruit from the Barossa Valley where the master winemaker is such a dominant force. But because of challenging vintage conditions in the Barossa in 2000, Burge was forced to look afield to Coonawarra for the majority component of his flagship cabernet. Traditionally, he has used a proportion of Coonawarra cabernet in the blend before but never has it risen to anywhere near the 83 per cent that powers 2000 Shadrach
        “We had below average rainfall in the Barossa in winter, followed by rains in spring and again in February (2000) which delayed
        vintage, caused some fruit splitting and even botrytis,” explains Burge. “While the material was stunningly complex, it was a bit too
        concentrated for Shadrach.” The introduction of a hefty percentage of Coonawarra cabernet provided a “stylish mint, cassis, blackcurrant and capsicum spectrum” that enabled him to maintain Shadrach’s celebrated reputation. The wine’s drinking exceptionally well at present and has cellaring potential of up to
        10 years.

      • Kerry Skinner
        Kerry SkinnerDrop of the Week, Illawarra Mercury March 2006

        Complex blend of Barossa and Coonawarra cabernet. Intense black berry fruit flavours, chocolate characters and pronounced mintiness, typical of Coonawarra cabernet. Drink it with herbed rack of lamb but it will get better with time in the bottle.

      • Ross Noble
        Ross NobleMount Barker Courier June 2006

        Barossa winemaker Grant Burge has tilted the balance in his flagship cabernet sauvignon in favour of Coonawarra for the Grant Burge Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon 2000.

        Traditionally a blend with Barossa Valley fruit, in 2000 the percentage of Coonawarra rose to 83% because the Barossa cabernet vintage was “hard”.

        But the Coonawarra cabernet fruit was outstanding in 2000.

        The classic Coonawarra minty, greenleaf character is more evident but there is still that deep, rich colour and mid-palate weight and texture from the Barossa.

        This cross regional blend is firm yet soft and the finish displays exceptional length. The 2000 Shadrach is drinking exceptionally well now but Grant Burge believes optimum drinking could be around eight years when the mint and cassis flavours integrate with the smoky, savoury French oak.

    • 1999 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • 90 Points – Harvey Steiman
        Harvey SteimanWineSpectator.com 2005

        Smooth, round and generous, this supple style layers its black cherry, currant and vaguely minty flavours in a well-modulated chorus. The finish has finesse.

      • 90 Points – James Halliday

        Perfumed aromas; medium-bodied and finely balanced, with cedary oak and carefully modulated tannins.

      • 90 Points – James Halliday
        James Hallidaytasted Oct 2003

        Perfumed aromas; medium-bodied and finely balanced, with cedary oak and carefully modulated tannins.

      • Bronze – 2004 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2002 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2000 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2003 Canberra Wine Show
      • Debbie Southern
        Debbie SouthernSunshine Coast Daily August 2006

        Traditionally this wine has been a blend of Coonawarra and Barossa fruit. For the 1999 release, fruit from the Adelaide Hills is included. It's a big, stylish cabernet nose of mint and blackcurrant. The blackcurrant characters really shine through on the palate backed by well balanced savour oak. Drink with rack of lamb.

      • Winestate, September 2004
        Winestate, September 2004

        Mid-red in colour. A developed bouquet that still shows attractive primary fruit characters intermingled with spice, cedar and savoury notes

    • 1998 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Silver – 2003 NZ Liquorland International Wine Competition
      • Bronze – 2000 Adelaide Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2002 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2000 Hobart Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2001 Canberra Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2000 Canberra Wine Show
      • Bronze – 2000 Royal Sydney Wine Show
      • Bronze – 1999 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
      • Other (4 Stars) – Winestate Magazine March 2002
        Winestate Magazine March 2002

        Strong tarry aromas over ripe fruit. Good flavour depth with a balanced mouth feel. Depth of red purple colour with some minty extracts lingering on the palate. Soft powdery tannins and smoky oak fill the palate.

      • Graeme Andrews
        Graeme AndrewsFood Fun Wine Website February 2002

        The palate shows great length and strength of flavour. It’s a big, full flavoured wine that will live at least 15 years, yet it exudes a subtle elegance with subdued French oak and a distinct backbone of fine grain tannins… This is a seriously good wine and at a pretty hefty AUD$45 is not cheap, it will however, deliver an exceptional drinking experience that will bring a smile to your face a few years down the track.

      • Jeff Gordon
        Jeff GordonThe Melbourne Times January 2002

        The 1998 Grant Burge Shadrach- a first class, over- $50 cabernet- was the highlight of the several reds we drank that night… When I opened the bottle the wine seemed a little dull and musty, but after 90 minutes it blossomed into a rich berry-flavoured red with great depth and a crisp, sustained finish. The wine is very good now but will improve even more in the next five years.

      • John Fordham
        John FordhamThe Sunday Telegraph Feb 2002

        The 1998 has all the stamina of a full-bodied, super-premium red but also the subtle, elegant characters that symbolise a great cabernet.

      • Melissa Parker
        Melissa ParkerNational Liquor News March 2002

        The 1998 vintage of the Grant Burge Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon is a departure from the usual Grant Burge red. Normally blended with an equal proportion of Coonawarra fruit with Barossa fruit, the 1998 vintage has a surprising 81 per cent Coonawarra component. This has made the 1998 Shadrach a big, full-flavoured wine which can mature for 15 years, and yet it has a distinctive cool-climate mintiness on the nose, with berry characters and a little French oak. The wine has great length and a fine tannin backbone.

      • Ray Jordan
        Ray JordanThe West Australian Feb 2002

        It has classic red berry and minty characters of Coonawarra and fine deliciously elegant palate structure. Fruit is the dominant component, though there’s plenty of oak back in there. I like its tight focus. Very good wine, and if things aren’t going to well, open something cheaper and put this one in the cellar for another five years.

      • Robert Mayne
        Robert MayneThe Canberra Times January 2002

        There cannot be too many wines from the excellent 1998 vintage left in the pipeline, and if you are into top drawer wines, this is one of them and represents good value.
        Burge is better known for his shiraz reds, but this is his top cabernet. It’s good too, following the 1996 vintage and priced at the same level…The wine has all of these (big, full-flavoured) characteristics, with excellent structure and plenty of the minty and berry-like characters I expect of a top flight Cabernet. As Burge says, it will certainly keep but, as with most really good reds, it is drinking beautifully right now.

      • Warwick Randall
        Warwick RandallLeader Group February 2002

        This big, full-flavoured red has legs that will carry it through the next 15 years without any strain at all. From one of the great vintages of the decade, this blend of Coonawarra and Barossa fruit is seriously underpriced. The rich berry characters have an elegance and strength that follows through on the long finish. Very pleasing indeed.

      • David Ellis
        David EllisThe Courier January 2001

        The 1998 is a big, rich wine with loads of flavour and a lot of distinctive cool-climate mintiness on the nose, more berry-like characters than previous vintages, subdued French oak and distinct fine-grained tannins running through the sweet fruit.
        Pay around $45 a bottle. That might not sound cheap, but it’s the same for the ’96 when it was released (there was 1997 Shadrach because Burge didn’t believe he had enough quality fruit to maintain the wine’s reputation.).
        Put the ’98 away for an occasion any time in the next 10 years.

    • 1996 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
      • 91 Points – James Halliday
        James Hallidaytasted Mar 1999

        Medium red-purple; there is abundant, ripe, dark berry, earthy varietal fruit and subtle oak on the bouquet. The palate has attractive juicy cassis berry fruit, good tannins and balanced oak.

      • 91 Points – James Halliday

        Tasted 4/03/1999

      • Bronze – 2002 Winpac, Hong Kong Wine Challenge
      • Robert Parker
        Robert ParkerWine Advocate, USA, Jun 2009

        The still intact 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Shadrach offers spicy, cedary notes along with hints of celery, green vegetables, earth, and oak. However, there is not enough concentration to stand up to the wine’s structure, and it is beginning to dry out.

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