Grant Burge never lacks confidence. ‘We picked before the heat wave and all our 2008 wines are outstanding’. he says. Meshach is an old vine Shiraz, grown on a vineyard that’s been putting out dense-flavoured Shiraz for over 100 years. It’s matured in all-new French and American oak for two years and has always been an oak-rich, toast-heavy style of wine... The signs are good. Urgent, insistent tannin pulls dense, toasty, blackberried fruit along. This is an inky, toasty, bourbon-like wine. The tannin is big yet filigreed; Grange-esque. There’s a sense of magnificence to this wine. 96 points, Wine Front.
Deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2008 Shiraz Meshach shows off a very spicy nose redolent of sandalwood, black olives and dried berries with fruit cake, black licorice and potpourri scents. Full-bodied, it is rich and very spicy with some oak poking through, a crisp acid line and medium-firm, velvety tannins to frame the long finish. It is approachable now but will drink to 2024+ 96+ points, Wine Advocate.
Full crimson-purple... the wine matured for two years in new American and French oak hogsheads, and a further two years in the cellar prior to release. Picked before the heatwave, it is an incredibly rich and plush Shiraz, with black fruits, oak and dark chocolate all competing for attention. 95 points, Wine Companion.
Barossa ValleyColonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.