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.
2010 SHADRACH CABERNET SAUVIGNON
95 points James Halliday 2017 Australian Wine Companion
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 2010 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 2010 had a long, cool growing season ideally suited to slow-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon.
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, then matured in new and one-year-old oak for a further 21 months. It spent three years in bottle before its release.
The 2010 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. The 2010 Shadrach is the epitome of Barossa Cabernet and will age gracefully for 15 years. Ideal food matches include aged beef and game meats.
2014 ABEDNEGO SHIRAZ MOURVÈDRE GRENACHE
94 points James Halliday 2018 Australian Wine Companion
The Abednego completes the Icon trio of super-premium reds from Grant Burge Wines, sitting alongside the highly awarded Meshach Shiraz and Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit for this wine is sourced from vines with more than 100 years of age. The old vines deliver fruit with incredible concentration and depth giving the resultant wine the ability to develop over many years. Due to the dry growing season in 2014, crop levels were very low. However, they produced extremely high-quality red wines with great colour and magnificent structure. The hand-picked fruit is a blend of 38% Shiraz, 35% Mourvèdre and 27% Grenache.
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 2014 Abednego is a richly flavoured and elegantly structured wine with aromas of damp earth, cumin and raspberries accompanied by fennel bulb. A beautifully balanced palate with fine tannin providing very good texture and excellent length, complemented by flavours of plums, spice and liquorice with hints of vanilla. The dense, mouth-filling mid-palate and long, textural finish combine to create a wine that is rich and elegant, that will sit beautifully on any table now or cellar gracefully for 9 to 17 years.