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GRANT BURGE Winemakers Selection Shiraz, South Australia 2007

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GRANT BURGE Winemakers Selection Shiraz, South Australia 2007 GRANT BURGE Winemakers Selection Shiraz, South Australia 2007

GRANT BURGE Winemakers Selection Shiraz, South Australia 2007

GRANT BURGE Winemakers Selection Shiraz, South Australia
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GRANT BURGE Winemakers Selection Shiraz, South Australia
  • Style: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Vintage: 2007
  • Region: South Australia
  • Code: GBWSS
  • Appellation: South Australia
  • Country: Australia

Region South Australia

South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent. Covering almost 1 million (984 377km) square kilomteres, it represents 12.8% of the Australian land mass. Sweeping plains are intersected by a spine of relatively low lying ranges, the Mount Lofty/Flinders Ranges which extend through the heart of the State. Over 50% of the state is elevated at under 150 metres. The Great Artesian basin covers almost one-third of the State. The major river is the River Murray which lethargically makes its way into the Southern Ocean. This water mass has a moderating effect on climate, particularly in the southern regions of South Australia where most vines are planted. Summers are generally hot and dry with relatively mild nights. Winters are cool. Rainfall occurs mostly during late autumn/winter (May, June, July, August). Drought and salinity are major concerns. The principle wine regions in South Australia are; the Adelaide Hills, Barossa (comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys),

South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent. Covering almost 1 million (984 377km) square kilomteres, it represents 12.8% of the Australian land mass. Sweeping plains are intersected by a spine of relatively low lying ranges, the Mount Lofty/Flinders Ranges which extend through the heart of the State. Over 50% of the state is elevated at under 150 metres. The Great Artesian basin covers almost one-third of the State. The major river is the River Murray which lethargically makes its way into the Southern Ocean. This water mass has a moderating effect on climate, particularly in the southern regions of South Australia where most vines are planted.

Summers are generally hot and dry with relatively mild nights. Winters are cool. Rainfall occurs mostly during late autumn/winter (May, June, July, August). Drought and salinity are major concerns.

The principle wine regions in South Australia are; the Adelaide Hills, Barossa (comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys), Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra and the Riverland. Vineyard expansion has also extended to Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Bordertown, Robe, Southern Fleurieu and the Flinders Ranges.

It is a tradition for many wine companies to make multi-district blends from South Australian fruit – the idea of house style taking precedence over regional definition. Penfolds pioneered this concept. The vagaries of vintage variation can be evened out by fruit selection, ensuring quality at a high level. However there is debate that this concept comes at the expense of the ‘soul’ of the wine. Penfolds Grange is probably the most famous multi-district blend and is an excellent counter-argument.

Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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Winery GRANT BURGE

Langton’s Selections ^2Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz, Grant Burge Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon, Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz, Grant Burge Holy Trinity Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre Grant Burge is one of the largest landowners in the Barossa and has built up a collection of impressive and historic vineyards mostly located in the southern and central parts of the Barossa floor and the Eden Valley. A fifth generation Barossa winemaker, he named Meshach Shiraz after his great-grandfather, who arrived in South Australia at age 11 in 1855. He lived to the ripe old age of 98, establishing the Wilsford Winery at Lyndoch. With superb viticultural resources, dovetailed with a family history and a bit of show business, Grant Burge has become a highly successful commercial wine producer making wines at several price points. He has established a remarkable reputation for quality and consistency for all his wines. His show medal tally is almost an embarrassment of riches. The secondary wine market
Langton’s Selections ^2Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz, Grant Burge Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon, Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz, Grant Burge Holy Trinity Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre Grant Burge is one of the largest landowners in the Barossa and has built up a collection of impressive and historic vineyards mostly located in the southern and central parts of the Barossa floor and the Eden Valley. A fifth generation Barossa winemaker, he named Meshach Shiraz after his great-grandfather, who arrived in South Australia at age 11 in 1855. He lived to the ripe old age of 98, establishing the Wilsford Winery at Lyndoch. With superb viticultural resources, dovetailed with a family history and a bit of show business, Grant Burge has become a highly successful commercial wine producer making wines at several price points. He has established a remarkable reputation for quality and consistency for all his wines. His show medal tally is almost an embarrassment of riches. The secondary wine market however pays little attention to such accolades preferring the reality of track record and the sensibilities of the collector. It is Grant Burge’s Meshach Shiraz that has played no small part in the ascendancy of the Barossa Shiraz vernacular. This wine brings utterly sublime vineyard resources, marketing imagination and accessibility to the fine wine consumer. While it is pricey, it’s also fair. It generally offers a much better bang to your buck than many over-hyped cult type Shirazes. The fruit is sourced from the 80 year old Filsell vineyard planted on deep alluvial soils near Lyndoch. The vineyard is triaged on optimum ripeness and flavour development. This is often around 14 degrees Baume. The wine is vinified in open headed down fermenters at warm temperatures. Towards dryness, the wine is drained and pressed, completing fermentation in mostly new American oak hogsheads. Meshach is a highly concentrated and generous Barossa style with a ripe, dense palate packed with fruit, pronounced tannins and supported by American oak. Meshach is already highly regarded for its potential longevity and structure. Meshach has evolved as something of a secondary wine market staple. If Grange is a market indicator Meshach is something of a market backstop in the same way as Penfolds Bin 707 or Henschke Mount Edelstone. Grant Burge’s other ‘icon’ wines include the plush but erratic secondary market performing Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon and the rather classical, indeed brilliant Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre. The latter has almost no presence on the market which must say something for its immediate approachability. Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz, Holy Trinity Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre and Hillcot Merlot are also regularly traded. Grant Burge is an important Barossa producer. While its product range is extensive, the commitment and resources are there for a bright future. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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ABN: 13 133 179 656 New South Wales: Liquor Act 2007. It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. License Number: LIQP770010303 Victoria: Victoria Liquor Control Reform Act 1998: It is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (Penalty exceeds $17,000), for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor (Penalty exceeds $700). License Number: 32055289