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2010 Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz

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It's time to bring out the big guns! This super-premium Shiraz is a real heavyhitter of the Aussie wine industry, with a swinging reputation for guts and glory that goes back decades! The secret here is all about very old vines, with the ultra-concentrated fruit from these gnarled old grandaddies making for some of the darkest, richest, most full bodied wines around! Especially so in an epic vintage like 2010...

Winemaker's Notes

THE HISTORY
Meshach William Burge (1843 – 1942) was Grant’s great grandfather and a central gure in establishing the Burge family’s winemaking tradition. He was 11 when his family moved from Hillcot in Wiltshire, England, to the Barossa Valley and established what has grown into a thriving viticultural, wheat and sheep property near Lyndoch. In tribute, Grant has selected his finest Shiraz to bear his name and be his flagship wine. Since the first vintage in 1988, Meshach has won several of Australia’s top trophies and many medals. It is generally regarded as one of the country’s best dry reds.

THE FRUIT
The fruit for this iconic wine is handpicked from near century old vines. Smaller parcels are also sourced from even older premium vines in the Barossa to add further complexity to the wine. There is a por on that comes from younger vines in different sub regions in the Barossa that have amazing flavour and colour profiles. The aged vines produce fruit with tremendous concentration and intensity that make Meshach powerful, yet beautifully balanced. After the dry vintages of 2007, 2008 and 2009, 2010 was a welcome relief with good winter rains and a mild summer allowing even ripening and retention of natural acidity as well as the development of concentrated flavours. The wines already released from this vintage have proven outstanding, and we believe the 2010 Meshach will follow suit.

THE WINEMAKING
Winemaking using such special old grapes is kept very simple. After crushing, the wines remain in the fermenters for between 6 to 9 days, depending on the extraction required. Most of the wine for Meshach is basket pressed and then fermented in open and static fermenters. The tanks are pumped over 3 times a day with the pump over times reduced from 30 mins to 15 mins as fermentation progresses. After pressing, the wine is allowed to settle for 24 hours prior to filling in new French (20%) and American (40%) oak barrels with the balance predominantly one and two year old American and French oak. All of the wine completes malolactic fermentation in barrel. Meshach spends a minimum of 18 months in oak prior to bottling. It is un- fined and only passes through a coarse cartridge filter prior to bottling.

The 2010 Meshach is inky red/black in colour with vibrant purple hues. It has great intensity and depth which is typical of Meshach. The aroma is truly distinctive, with rich dark chocolate, berry coulis, leather and cinnamon. The palate is textural with powerful fruit flavours and silky soft tannins providing a rich mouthful of wine. The balanced tannins perfectly complement the influential fruit characters. The flavours mirror the complex set of aromas, toffee and spice with a big berry hit. A truly distinctive Meshach from an outstanding vintage will ensure this wine is still drinking well with the best Australia has to offer well into the next decade.

ALCOHOL VOLUME: 14.5%

ACCOLADES
Trophy – 2012 Perth Wine Show
Gold – 2012 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Silver – 2015 Decanter Asia World Wine Awards
Silver – 2013 Perth Royal Wine Show
Silver – 2012 Hobart Wine Show
Silver – 2012 Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze – 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze – 2015 Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition
Bronze – 2014 Sydney Royal Wine Show
Bronze – 2013 Sydney Royal Wine Show
Bronze – 2012 Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards
Bronze – 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Bronze – 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show

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2010 Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Still full of youthful power, reflecting the message of the dark crimson-purple colour. It spent 2 years in oak, and then held for 3 years maturation in the Grant Burge cellars prior to release. This has opened the door of a Barossa Valley Shiraz of undeniable quality and longevity, the alcohol no issue whatsoever in the realm of superabundant blackberry, licorice and spice.
Drink by 2035
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
It falls just short in the finish but for the most part, this is a delicious wine. It tastes of sweet, ripe blackberry and cherry fruit flavour, mixed with a healthy helping of vanillin, almost custard-like oak. Cherries and custard _ no wonder it's a winner. It's well worth buying this one.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
89
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A firm, structured shiraz that is likely to become meaty and rustic once it reaches its ultimate maturity. Lifted by notes of musk and spice, it slowly unfolds a dense, dark and chocolatey bouquet of fully ripened berries and plums, fresh cedar/chocolate oak and roasting pan scrapings. It's long and strong, still tather closed and compacted, revealing layers of dark, brooding fruit framed by firm tannis, finishing with a lingering impression of power and balance.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Good colour retention, as it should be; a very classy combination of a top vintage, high-quality fruit, and practised winemaking; blackberry, plum, licorice and cedar are synergistically fused on the long, medium- to full-bodied palate. The cork quality is good, and may allow the wine to complete its journey.
2026
Australian Wine Companion 2012
96
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Rustic and meaty, with sweetly developed chocolatey and leathery complexity, this slightly over-ripened shiraz marries its intense presence of dark berries and plums with fiery, earthy and gamey aspects, an edgy note of stewed fruit, plus a hint of lanolin and musk. Long, smooth and very generously proportioned, it's soft and pliant, with a firm, fine-grained extract and a faintly sour-edged finish. Already very open and approachable.
2014-2018
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
92
Louise Radman (2005 Vintage) says
The latest release of this Barossa big-hitter exhibits astounding concentration and aromatic lift with deep-sea depths. Inky black raspberry, tarry wood-smoke & polished leather on sumptuous palate.
2015 - 2020
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; at this stage the wine is full-bodied, compact and thickly textured, the flavours deep and layered in a black fruit spectrum; the abundant tannins and oak are in perfect balance with the fruit, and a recent vertical tasting put beyond
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2011
96
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
With some of the neighbours getting very expensive this concentrated bold fleshy southern Barossa (mainly Lyndoch) shiraz looks glorious, has good value and will run the distance
2020
Australian Wine Vintages
93
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Finely crafted and deeply layered, this sumptuous and elegant shiraz presents a fragrance of raspberries, cassis, heady floral notes and musky spices backed by sweet vanilla/cedar/chocolate oak. Long and smooth, it's saturated with the sweet red fruits so common to Lyndoch, generously cloaked in sweet oak and tightly entwined around a firm, drying undercarriage of fine chalky tannin. It finishes with a slightly minty note of cranberries and redcurrants.
2016-2024
Australian Wine Annual 2010
94
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
With some of the neighbours getting very expensive this concentrated bold fleshy Barossa shiraz looks glorious, has good value and will run the distance.
2024
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Deeply coloured and brightly fruited; a big wine with dense fruit, mocha and blackberry, and a lively splash of attractive red fruits; the palate is dense, yet there is a suppleness that provides a fine and focused finish. Shiraz
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2010
95
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Has managed to largely surmount the challenges of the very difficult vintage, with good colour and an abundance of quality American and French oak helping the cause.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A traditional, richer and riper Barossa shiraz whose slightly jammy and raisined expression of blackberries, sweet plums, briar and raspberries is sumptuously supported by a sweet, smoky measure of vanilla, chocolate and mocha oak. It's firm, but fine-grained, long and robust, with deeply concentrated fruit and spicy oak underpinned by a drying, powdery astringency.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
93
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
With some of the neighbours getting very expensive this concentrated bold fleshy southern Barossa (mainly Lyndoch) shiraz looks glorious, has good value and will run the distance
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Skilful winemaking; a fusion of sweet black fruits and oak; fine tannins, balance and length; great finesse.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
95
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Dense, deeply fruited but rather cooked and stressed shiraz, with a pruney aroma of cassis, redcurrants and raisins supported by sweet, smoky, creamy and cedary oak. Smooth and concentrated, its thick coating of jammy small red and black berry flavours reveals some dehydrated influences, but lacks genuine brightness and length. Smoky vanilla and mocha-like oak lends some sweetness, while firm tannins provide a robust undercarriage.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
88
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
A very good wine from this vintage, with a musky, brambly aroma of blackberries and raspberries, sweet mocha/chocolate-like oak and hints of prune, currant and white pepper. Very fine and elegant, with a velvet-like mouthfeel, it offers plenty of briary flavour alongside some tarry, prune-like nuances. Fractionally cooked and lacking the length of the top vintages, but a very solid wine.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
93
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Continues the new Meschach style with more emphasis on fruit than oak; supple blackberry with a touch of chocolate; very fine tannins and good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Fragrant black fruit aromas; excellent mouthfeel and balance; silky tannins and perfect oak. Fully deserves its multiple trophies and golds.
2014
Australian Wine Companion 2005
95
Jeremy Oliver (1999 Vintage) says
96
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; clean berry fruit and particularly well-integrated and balanced oak on the bouquet lead into a medium-bodied palate, with a near-perfect balance between fruit, oak and tannins. Manages to combine elegance and flavour.
2003-2013
Australian Wine Companion 2003
94
Ray Jordan (1998 Vintage) says
It’s a big and powerful wine with intensely rich and concentrated Barossa fruit. A brooding and massively proportioned wine that takes no prisoners. The beautiful sweet fruit characters are balanced nicely against the oak, with a succulent fleshy character. Keep it for the long haul.
to 2025
The West Australian, 2002
92
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is rich and complex, with lots of dark berry fruit and the oak under control. Dark cherry, plum and chocolate flavours on the palate are once again married with well balanced and integrated oak; finishes with fine tannins. The best Meschach made to date.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
93
Ray Jordan (1996 Vintage) says
This is built for the long haul with the power intensity and fruit concentration that comes from the best of the Barossa. Wonderful complex aroma with a palate that draws on every bit of fruit flavour to invade the senses, with chocolate, coffee and cinnamon and other spices. Make no mistake, this is up there with Grange, in style and quality.
The West Australia, 2001 2001
94
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; in typically full-frontal oaky style on the bouquet, but there is lots of fruit to justify that oak. The same play occurs on the palate, with a mix of expansively sweet berry fruit and creamy vanilla oak. Has continued to develop well since its Adelaide Wine Show trophy.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
92
James Halliday (1994 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; as ever, vanillin oak is the dominant force in the bouquet, but there is sweet, medium weight fruit present. The palate is likewise saturated with oak, but once again has attractive chocolate and berry fruit lurking underneath. Very well made if you like this much oak; the upcoming release of the '95 is excellent, with much more fruit (or less oak).
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
85

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