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.
‘This wine showcases the fruit power that Eden Valley can deliver. We aim to preserve this fruit through winemaking and maturation’, Craig Stansborough, Chief Winemaker.
Fermented in Stainless steel with temperatures reaching 28°C. Pumpovers were performed four times a day with reduced pump overs towards the end of fermentation. Gentle pressing was performed by a combination of basket and bag press. Matured for eighteen months in oak. 38% new French hogsheads with the balance matured in a combination of two-to-five year-old French hogshead and puncheons.
COLOUR: Intense richness; deep, dark purple
NOSE: Pure Eden Valley Shiraz on the nose; deep, dark and brooding. Thick set,broad shouldered and a beautiful perfume of blueberries covered in milk chocolate and clove-cinnamon-cedar oak with notes of lifted eucalyptus and white pepper.
PALATE: A powerful combination full of rich dark fruit that is very typical of the cooler Eden Valley. A wave of clove-cinnamon-cedar oak mixed with a hint of fresh thyme and a full, round velvety finish.