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.
2012 MESHACH SHIRAZ
Meshach Burge was Grant Burge's Great Grandfather, and the man who began the Burge winemaking tradition. 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 fruit for this iconic wine is predominantly handpicked from near century old vines from the famed Barossa Valley. The aged vines produce fruit with tremendous concentration and intensity that make Meshach powerful, yet beautifully balanced. The 2012 vintage provided exceptional conditions throughout the entire growing season. Good winter rains laid the foundation for a perfect spring, with mild and dry weather along with cool nights throughout vintage producing perfect ripening conditions. Grant and the winemaking team, think that the 2012 vintage is one of the best they have ever experienced.
Winemaking with grapes from such old vines is kept very simple. After crushing, the grapes were inoculated with yeast and remained in the open fermenters for between 8 to 10 days under careful observation. The fermenters were gently pumped over 2-3 times a day to begin, with pump over times reduced as fermentation progressed to allow ideal extraction and maintain balance. On completion of fermentation on skins, the wines were gently basket pressed and allowed to settle for 24 hours. The wines were then transferred into a combination of French and American oak for 20 months maturation prior to bottling.
The 2012 Meshach is a very complex wine, with red colour and purple hints. The aromas are a combination of plum, mulberries, dark chocolate, accompanied by cocoa powder and cinnamon cake. The palate is textural and richly flavoured, where dark chocolate, riper red berries are complemented by spices and earthly characters. The supple yet structured tannins create a powerful foundation to give the wine exceptional length and structure.
A truly distinctive Meshach Shiraz from an outstanding vintage, this wine will age gracefully over the next 15 years.
2012 SHADRACH CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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 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 2012 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 2012 vintage has good winter rains that laid the foundation for a perfect spring, with mild and dry weather along with cool nights throughout vintage producing perfect ripening conditions. The winemaking team considers the 2012 vintage as one of the best conditions for Barossa reds.
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, then matured in new and 2 to 4-year-old oak for a further 18 months.
A full-bodied wine with cigar box flavours and blackberry characters. The rich mid-palate is followed by fine tannins and exceptional length.
2016 Nebu Cabernet Shiraz
Nebu is the latest addition to the Icon range of super-premium reds from Grant Burge Wines, sitting alongside the highly awarded Meshach Shiraz, Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon and Abednego Shiraz Mourvèdre Grenache. 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 wine was fermented in a combination of open and static fermenters for 8-15 days. After pressing, the wine was transferred to new and older French oak for maturation for 12 months. Components were then combined and returned to oaks for a further maturation for 8 months, and then being held in tank for 5 months before bottling.
Grant Burge 2016 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.
2016 ABEDNEGO GRENACHE SHIRAZ MOURVÈDRE
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, the Babylonian god of wisdom, brings together the three varieties of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre.
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.
After crushing, the juice was fermented on skins for seven to eight days depending on the variety and unique qualities of each batch. Once fermentation was complete, selected parcels were either pressed into stainless steel for settling or left in their original fermenters for extended maceration for three to four weeks on skins. The wines were regularly tasted to determine when to finish maceration, and once the desired tannin and flavour structure was achieved it was gently pressed and transferred to oak. A combination of seasoned larger format Foudre vats (2500L) along with French oak puncheons (500L) are used for this wine with a total of 16 months' maturation prior to bottling. The larger oak format retains freshness of fruit yet delivers the benefits of ageing in oak with a softening of the tannins and maturation of the aromas and flavours.
The 2016 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. Rich and powerful wine that is dense with fruit vibrancy. Long persistent tannins balanced by richness and sweetness of fruit flavours.