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Accolade Wines (Grant Burge Wines)

Rodney Birchmore

Viticulturist

 

Rodney Birchmore joined Grant Burge in September 2015, after spending more than 25 years with Accolade Wines as Vineyard Manager for its various wineries and regional vineyards, including Tintara and the Padthaway region. Rodney’s philosophy is that viticulture is 90% observation and 10% theory. 

WHAT IS RODNEY'S FAVOURITE GRANT BURGE WINE?

He has a few favourites but the standout is the Balthasar Eden Valley Shiraz, followed closely by the Abednego Shiraz Mourvèdre Grenache and Filsell Shiraz.

WHAT IS RODNEY'S FAVOURITE GRAPE VARIETY?

Definitely Shiraz, followed very closely by Grenache and Mataro.

Craig Stansborough

Chief Winemaker

 

Craig Stansborough began in the industry in 1983 at Seppeltsfield. He then worked for Seppelts at Great Western until 1992 and took a year off to look after his young daughter before joining Grant Burge Wines in 1993 as Cellar Manager. He moved up through the roles of Assistant Winemaker, to finally become Chief Winemaker in 2006. He was anointed Winemaker of the Year at the Barons of the Barossa in 2014.

Craig has a background in cellar work, so he continues to be involved in a hands-on way, especially at vintage. His approach includes a degree of inquiry, with a keen eye to improve the winemaking practice wherever possible. Craig’s philosophy is focused on making wine that people want to drink.

WHAT IS CRAIG'S FAVOURITE GRANT BURGE WINE?

He tends to have a favourite wine of the vintage. The wines produced from the 2016 vintage are on high rotation.

WHAT IS CRAIG'S FAVOURITE GRAPE VARIETY?

Probably Grenache at the moment – for its versatility.

 

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