WINES OF DISTINCTION
Grant Burge's Wines of Distinction display the true character of premium wines produced from Barossa old-vine fruit, made with seamless balance and individual character. Distinctively Barossa. Distinctively premium.
2016 FILSELL SHIRAZ
The Filsell vineyard with near century-old vines is considered one of the best vineyards in the Barossa Valley and consistently produces fruit of great intensity and concentration. Planted in 1920, this vineyard also produces some of the fruit for Grant Burge Wines' flagship Shiraz, the highly acclaimed Meshach. Filsell is known to loyal followers as Meshach’s younger brother.
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 & March allowed for a smooth harvest and good flavour development. 2016 is regarded as a very good year for reds in the Barossa.
Different batches of fruit were crushed and fermented separately. Primary fermentation on skins occurred for approximately eight days, with a couple of small batches undergoing natural yeast fermentation in small open fermenters for a further week. The wine was pumped over three times a day and the skins were pressed gently before the free run and pressed wine was transferred to oak to finish fermentation. The wine was matured in a combination of French and American oak for 20 months.
The 2016 Filsell Shiraz has a deep red color with bright purple hue. The nose displays aromas of liquorice, plum, raspberry, dark chocolate and vanilla. The full bodied palate offers rich and dense flavours of plum, dark chocolate and spice. The long persistent tannins are balanced by richness and sweetness of fruit. The 2016 Filsell generously demonstrates the quality of the 2016 season in the Barossa, powerful yet elegant tannin structure and lovely mid palate weight.
Whilst approachable now this powerful wine can be confidently cellared for 20 years after release. Partner it with rich beef dishes such as a tenderloin or slow cooked beef cheeks.
2015 CORRYTON PARK CABERNET SAUVIGNON
At the southern end of the Barossa near Mount Crawford there is a magnificent
property established over 150 years ago, the entrance marked by two grand
pillars - Corryton Park. One of the highest and coolest sites in the Barossa
region, it provides perfect conditions for creating world class Cabernet with
finesse, depth and complexity. The 2015 Corryton Park Cabernet Sauvignon is a
combination of excellent fruit sourced from both the Corryton Park vineyard
and specially selected complementary parcels from the Barossa Valley floor.
The 2015 vintage saw a cool winter with average rainfall preceding a very dry,
warm spring with temperature’s slightly above average. A cooler than average
December/January helped maintain fruit quality and acid retention. 40-60mm
of rain fell in mid-January which did cause very minor splitting in some varieties
however the moisture was welcome and helped maintain healthy canopies.
February was hotter than average, causing rapid ripening, whilst march was
quite mild allowing good ripening conditions for the remainder of the vintage.
The Corryton Park Vineyards is always picked as small, separate batches which
are crushed and fermented separately to highlight the innate variations
between different clonal plantings and microclimates across the vineyard. After
primary fermentation, the wines are carefully evaluated and several parcels are
selected to remain on skins for up to 30 days for a process called extended
maceration – which sees the wines develop richness of flavour and softening of
tannins. After pressing and racking the wine was matured in French oak
hogsheads for a minimum of 18 months.
2015 Corryton Park produced some purely varietal cabernet wines, deep plum
in colour and richly perfumed with aromas of blackcurrant, mint, dark
chocolate, with underlying aromas of coffee bean, earth and hints of liquorice
and new leather. The palate is textural and luscious, with chocolate and berry
flavours, supported with fine tannin. A complex wine with great length and
balance, the 2015 Corryton Park will confidently develop with careful cellaring
for up to 10 years.
2014 THE HOLY TRINITY GRENACHE SHIRAZ MOURVÈDRE
The Holy Trinity is a traditional blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. The fruit for this wine is Barossa grown, predominantly handpicked from old, dry-grown vines which range from 35 to 90 years old. The 2014 vintage produced in the Barossa saw through excellent ripening conditions with above average rainfall, a cool winter and a dry spring, resulting in good ripeness and impressive flavour profiles development. This release is a blend of 38.2% Grenache, 36.4% Shiraz and 25.4% Mourvèdre.
After crushing, the juice was put into fermented on skins 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 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 then gently pressed and transferred to oak. A combination of seasoned larger format Foudre vats (2500 ltr) along with French oak Puncheons (500 ltr) are used for this wine with a total of 17 months maturation prior to bottling. The larger oak format retains freshness of fruit yet has all the benefits of ageing in oak with a softening of the tannins and maturation of the aromas and flavours.
The 2014 The Holy Trinity is a richly flavoured and elegantly structured GSM that continues the long and lauded heritage for this traditional blend in the Barossa Valley. The nose is awash with ripe raspberries, plums and sweet spices of vanilla. The full-bodied wine is filled with vibrant flavours of fresh red fruits and vanilla, complemented by fine and ripe tannins that run the length of the palate. The dense, mouth-filling mid palate and long, textural finish combine to create a wine that is rich and elegant, sweet and savoury, and will sit beautifully on any table now, or cellar gracefully for 8-15 years.
2016 BALTHASAR SHIRAZ
The Balthasar Shiraz, one of Grant Burge’s Wines of Distinction, is sourced from the Eden Valley region of the Barossa, showcasing elegance and varietal definition from this cooler part of the district. The 2016 vintage experienced a cool winter, with lower than average rainfall which continued into spring, warmer than average temperatures through November, December & January. Early lignification and flavour development was 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 will be regarded as a very good to exceptional year for reds in the Barossa.
Four individual parcels from three premium Eden Valley vineyards were picked separately with each batch receiving a unique fermentation regime. Extended time on skins added to the depth of flavour and silky tannin structure. After pressing, the wine was transferred to 38% new French Hogsheads, 62% 2-5 Year old French Hogsheads and Puncheons for 18 months in oak.
Deep, yet bright, purple in colour with a deep, dark red hue. On the nose, raspberry and blackberry fruit is surrounded by aromatic dark spices and black pepper. Complemented by oak derived spice with a hint of vanilla. The palate shows bright raspberry and fresh black fruits, with milk chocolate, dark spice, vanilla, luscious fruit cake and long, lingering velvety tannins. A wine that displays a fine balance between elegance and power.
A benchmark Eden Valley Shiraz, this wine is immediately approachable yet can be cellared for up to 15 years. The soft silky tannin profile of this wine makes it an ideal accompaniment to a multitude of pork, game and red meat dishes.