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Grant Burge Wines

ICON WINES

Grant Burge's Icon Wines are crafted from aged vineyards, most of which are more than 90 years old. Our winemaking team selects the most premium fruit from exceptional vintages and applies acute focus to every bottle produced. These are some of the world’s finest wines and will reward the drinker who displays patience with careful cellaring. As with all good things, stock is limited, so don't miss out on your favourite wine while it's available.


2016 MESHACH SHIRAZ

The Story

Meshach Burge was Grant Burge's Great Grandfather, and the man who began the Burge winemaking tradition. Meshach was the eldest son of John and Eliza Burge. Aged 11, he came to the Barossa Valley from Hillcot in Wiltshire, England, with his family establishing a thriving viticultural wheat and sheep property near Lyndoch. In 1865, under the watchful eye of his father, Meshach began making the first wines in the Burge winemaking history. In tribute, our finest Shiraz bears his name.

The Winemaking

The award-winning Grant Burge Meshach is our flagship Shiraz, only released in vintages of outstanding quality, handpicked from near century old vines from the famed Barossa Valley. The fruit for this wine has tremendous concentration and intensity, making Meshach a powerful, yet beautifully balanced wine.
The wine was fermented in a combination of stainless-steel statics and traditional concrete open fermenters with header boards. Temperatures were allowed to reach 28°C. Minimal pump overs were performed on the concrete open fermenters. Pump overs on the stainless-steel fermenters were performed four times-a-day and these were reduced toward the end of fermentation. Gentle pressing was performed by a combination of basket and bag press. Matured for eighteen months in French hogsheads. 18% in new and the balance in one to five year-old.

The Wine

The 2016 Meshach is a very complex wine, with red colour and purple hints. The aromas are powerful and delightfully elegant with dominating aromatics of cinnamon, clove, dark chocolate, black pepper and mulberry. The small amount of whole bunch fermentation provides a hint of spice that sits on top of the wine like a garnish.

The concentration and power are beautifully balanced with layers of blackberry, coffee bean and dark chocolate. The wine has serious grunt, while having a lovely drive of acidity that will support the wine as it ages long in to the future. It has all the hallmarks of a classic, rich Barossa shiraz with undeniable vibrancy and freshness. An outstanding wine from an outstanding vintage.

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2016 SHADRACH CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The Story

Grant Burge Icon wines are named in honour of Meshach Burge, the great grandfather of founder Grant Burge who began an enduring family winemaking tradition, and the biblical origins of his name. Shadrach, one of Meshach’s fellow pilgrims in the bible, represents the best Cabernet Sauvignon from Grant Burge Wines.

The Winemaking

The Cabernet Sauvignon for Grant Burge’s flagship Shadrach is sourced from Barossa vineyards where the conditions are perfect for growing super-premium Cabernet Sauvignon with great finesse, intensity and structure. The fruit for the Shadrach is sourced from the Corryton Park vineyard, high in the cool-climate Eden Valley in the Barossa Ranges, and blended seamlessly with fruit from the Barossa Valley floor with its concentrated rich fruit flavours.

The wine underwent traditional fermentation in stainless steel static fermenters 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 then matured in new and 2 to 4-year-old oak for a further 18 months.

 

The Wine

A full-bodied wine with blackcurrant & blackberries, mint with hints of vanilla and dried autumn leafb characters. The rich mid-palate is followed by fine tannins and exceptional length. Cellaring potential of 15 years.

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2017 Nebu Cabernet Shiraz

The Story

Grant Burge Icon wines are named in honour of Meshach Burge, the great grandfather of founder Grant Burge who began an enduring family winemaking tradition, and the biblical origins of his name. Nebu is named after King Nebuchadnezzar who received the pilgrims Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego, and presents the ultimate Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

The Fruit

Fruit for this wine is sourced from vines up to 120 years of age. This wine is a blend of 58% Cabernet and 42% Shiraz. The 2016 vintage in the Barossa saw a cool winter and spring with lower than average rainfall followed by a warm summer. The mild February and March allowed for a smooth harvest and excellent flavour development. 2016 is regarded as a exceptional year for reds in the Barossa.

The Winemaking

Fermented in stainless-steel static fermenters for eight-to-ten days. Pumpovers were performed four-times-a-day with reduced pump overs towards the end of fermentation. The wine was then gently pressed in to French oak hogsheads for maturation. All parcels were stored separately until blending with only exceptional parcels going in to the final blend.

‘Only the second release of this wine. The cooler vintage in 2017 suited Bar ossa floor Cabernet well and this is reflected in the wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon portion of this wine could stand alone but the wine came alive once the Shiraz was blended in’, - Craig Stansborough, Chief Winemaker.

The Wine

Grant Burge 2017 Nebu is a great example of this unique Australian blend. This Cabernet Shiraz is a true expression of the varieties and the Barossa; rich, powerful and complex.

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2017 ABEDNEGO GRENACHE SHIRAZ MOURVÈDRE

The Story

Grant Burge Icon wines are named in honour of Meshach Burge, the great grandfather of founder Grant Burge who began an enduring family winemaking tradition, and the biblical origins of his name. Abednego, along with Meshach and Shadrach, were three believers delivered by God from King Nebuchadnezzars fiery furnance in 600BCE, as told by the story in the Old Testament. 

The Fruit

A cool winter with lower than average rainfall, which continued into spring. Warmer than average temperatures through November, December and January, with early lignification and flavour development observed. Late January rain had a positive effect and this, combined with a mild February and March, allowed for a smooth harvest and good flavour development. 2016 is regarded as a very good to exceptional year for reds in the Barossa.

The Winemaking

The Abednego allows all three varieties to shine - spice and earthy characters from the Grenache, powerful yet elegant tannin structure and mid palate weight from the Shiraz, and a vibrancy and fruit richness from the Mourvèdre. A perfect balance between structure and fruit sweetness will allow this wine to age for many years, whilst also being a vibrant, fruit dominant wine to enjoy when released.

‘This blend is always one we spend a lot of time fine-tuning. While 2017 was one of our cooler years we could see very e arly on that we would have a wine with gr eat fragrance, spice and length’, Craig Stansborough, Chief Winemaker.

The Wine

The 2017 Abednego allows all three varieties to shine - spice and earthy characters from the Grenache, powerful yet elegant tannin structure and mid palate weight from the Shiraz, and a vibrancy and fruit richness from the Mourvèdre. Deep dark crimson with ruby red hue. Intense nose of black pepper, raspberry and cranberry with layers of tobacco leaf and orange peel creating a complex bouquet. Elegance and finesse in the glass with strong notes of red fruits on the mid palate with firm tannins. Complexity on the back palate with strong flavours of pomegranate, cranberry and delicious raspberry tart. A wine that will age gracefully over time.

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