Grant Burge is a fifth-generation Barossan vigneron and winemaker, who throughout his career has been one of the most respected and innovative forces in the Australian wine industry. Grant Burge Wines was formed in 1988 by Grant and his wife, Helen, however the Burge family and their long association with winemaking in the Barossa can be traced back to March 1855. Grant Burge now carries the winemaking tradition into the 21st century. Grant Burge is based on the banks of Jacobs Creek, in the heart of the Barossa Valley. The Cellars are one of the most successful and popular in the area, and have together with the wines has been awarded many accolades. Currently, Grant Burge Wines is considered a medium-sized Australian wine company, producing around 350,000 cases a year, and is still proudly family owned.
The 2017 Abednego allows all three varieties to shine - spice and earthy characters from the Grenache, powerful yet elegant tannin structure and mid palate weight from the Shiraz, and a vibrancy and fruit richness from the Mourvèdre. Deep dark crimson with ruby red hue. Intense nose of black pepper, raspberry and cranberry with layers of tobacco leaf and orange peel creating a complex bouquet. Elegance and finesse in the glass with strong notes of red fruits on the mid palate with firm tannins. Complexity on the back palate with strong flavours of pomegranate, cranberry and delicious raspberry tart. A wine that will age gracefully over time.
Meshach Burge was Grant Burge's Great Grandfather, and the man who began the Burge winemaking tradition. Meshach was the eldest son of John and Eliza Burge. 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 award-winning Grant Burge Meshach is our flagship Shiraz, only released in vintages of outstanding quality, handpicked from near century old vines from the famed Barossa Valley. The fruit for this wine has tremendous concentration and intensity, making Meshach a powerful, yet beautifully balanced wine.
The wine was fermented in a combination of stainless-steel statics and traditional concrete open fermenters with header boards. Temperatures were allowed to reach 28°C. Minimal pump overs were performed on the concrete open fermenters. Pump overs on the stainless-steel fermenters were performed four times-a-day and these were reduced toward the end of fermentation. Gentle pressing was performed by a combination of basket and bag press. Matured for eighteen months in French hogsheads. 18% in new and the balance in one to five year-old.
Named after Grant Burge’s great grandfather, the powerful and generous Meshach Shiraz captures the heart of Barossa tradition. Sourced primarily from century-old vines, vinified with traditional techniques and matured in French and American oak hogsheads for 20 to 22 months, the classic style is exemplified by ripe blackberry and praline aromas, roasted chestnut and panforte nuances and rich, chocolatey textures.
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