One of Australia’s favourite wineries has brought back its most iconic release for 2020, and it’s been well worth the wait. Grant Burge’s soon to be dropped annual vintage release is being headlined by the 2016 Meshach, the first appearance of the famed Barossa Valley winery’s flagship red for over three years.
Named in honour of Meshach Burge, the great grandfather of founder Grant Burge, the flagship drop is only released in exceptional vintages. Luckily enough for us, the 2016 season was an absolute cracker, Grant Burge chief winemaker Craig Stansborough said. “The 2016 Barossa vintage was an exceptional year for reds in the region. The late January rain combined with milder months allowed for a smooth harvest and favourable flavour development in the grapes,” he said. “While the 2018 harvest was dryer, the water retained in the soils during the wetter months leading up to the vintage produced high quality wines. Warm conditions coupled with the cool night-time temperatures coached the vines nicely to produce vibrant and balanced fruit of exceptional character and flavour, and lower alcohol.”
According to the winemaker, the 2016 Meshach offers dominating aromatics of cinnamon, clove, dark chocolate, black pepper and mulberry, creating a dense and elegant flavour profile. But it’s not the only new drop fans can expect to see in the coming weeks.
Alongside the Meshach is the 2016 Shadrach, a Cabernet Sauvignon bred from Grant Burge’s premium stock. The red scored Best in Show for the category at the 2018 and 2019 Barossa Wine Show, along with Golds at the 2019 Adelaide and 2018 Barossa Royal Wine Shows. Decidedly darker than the Meshach, the Shadrach offers depth and sophistication, ideal for the after dinner sipper. Stansborough said the mix of tobacco leaf, mint chocolate, cassis and freshly ground coffee on the nose makes for a cab sav abundant in character and ideal for cellaring.
Rounding out the Grant Burge 2020 Annual Vintage Release is the 2018 Filsell, a signature shiraz that embodies the rugged conditions of the South Australians hills. For this drop, Grant Burge ventured to the back farm, sourcing near-century old grapes for an intense drop that features notes of vanilla cream, plum, milk chocolate and Christmas spice. The latest collection of wines is pretty much what you’d expect from Grant Burge. Elegant, refined and surprisingly affordable, the Barossa Valley icon has more than satisfied its harshest critics this year, and the 2020 release comes with an added surprise.
To celebrate Father’s Day, Grant Burge has partnered with Australian handcrafted, leather goods company Status Anxiety for a special giveaway. Running throughout August and September 2020, fans can score a premium handcrafted Status Anxiety leather wallet valued at AUD$49.95 when they spend $60 on Grant Burge wines. Even better, if you spend $200 on Grant Burge wines at Dan Murphy’s, you’ll receive a Status Anxiety watch valued at AUD$179.95.
“Grant Burge wines represent the very best of premium Australian wine – distinctive, balanced and full of flavour – and the new release Meshach, Shadrach and Filsell are no different,” Stansborough said. “This year’s vintage release brings the uniqueness of the Barossa region to life through elegant and structured wines that have great length and splendid natural acidity.”
The Grant Burge annual vintage release wines are available August, with the 2016 Meshach Shiraz priced at AUD$229.99, the 2016 Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon for AUD$114.99 and the 2018 Filsell setting you back AUD$47.99. If that doesn’t whet your whistle, the 2020 vintage release also includes the 2017 Nebu Cabernet Shiraz, 2017 Abednego Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre, 2018 Holy Trinity Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre, 2018 Balthasar Shiraz 2018 and Corryton Park Cabernet Sauvignon.