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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

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 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.

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.


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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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
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
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.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
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
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
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Australian Wine Companion 2011
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.
Australian Wine Annual 2010
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.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
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
Australian Wine Companion 2010
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
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.
Australian Wine Companion 2005
Jeremy Oliver (1999 Vintage) says

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