The Burge winemaking tradition began with Grant’s Great Grandfather, Meshach, named after the Biblical Meshach, a man of strong religious conviction in the City of Babylon. Another great influence of these ancient times was Balthasar, one of the three wise men, who brought the gift of myrrh to the new born King. In honour of these two noble men, Grant Burge has created an elegant, highly expressive Shiraz with rich fruit and chocolate flavours balanced by long silky tannins. These characters are all indicative of the cooler climate conditions in Eden Valley.
The Balthasar Shiraz, one of Grant Burge’s Wines of Distinction, is sourced from the Eden Valley region of the Barossa, showcasing elegance and varietal definition from this cooler part of the district. The 2016 vintage experienced a cool winter, with lower than average rainfall which continued into spring, warmer than average temperatures through November, December & January. Early lignification and flavour development was observed, late January rain had a positive effect and this combined with a mild February and March allowed for a smooth harvest and good flavour development. 2016 will be regarded as a very good to exceptional year for reds in the Barossa.
Four individual parcels from three premium Eden Valley vineyards were picked separately with each batch receiving a unique fermentation regime. Extended time on skins added to the depth of flavour and silky tannin structure. After pressing, the wine was transferred to 38% new French Hogsheads, 62% 2-5 Year old French Hogsheads and Puncheons for 18 months in oak.
Deep, yet bright, purple in colour with a deep, dark red hue. On the nose, raspberry and blackberry fruit is surrounded by aromatic dark spices and black pepper. Complemented by oak derived spice with a hint of vanilla. The palate shows bright raspberry and fresh black fruits, with milk chocolate, dark spice, vanilla, luscious fruit cake and long, lingering velvety tannins. A wine that displays a fine balance between elegance and power. A benchmark Eden Valley Shiraz, this wine is immediately approachable yet can be cellared for up to 15 years.
Family owned and drawing on five generations of history in the famed Barossa Valley, Grant Burge wines is a bastion of well made, value for money wines. Drawing on depth of experience in the region, Grant Burge and his wife Helen established the brand in 1988 and have developed a formidable range of wines across a broad spectrum of price points. The history of the Burge family and their long association with winemaking in the region can be traced back to March 1855, when noted tailor John Burge immigrated to the Barossa from Hillcot, near Pewsey in Wiltshire, England with his wife Eliza and their two sons. John worked as a winemaker at Hillside Vineyards and his love of viticulture was passed onto his son Meshach, who continued the tradition making his first wine in 1865, while becoming a prominent community leader. Meshach married Emma in 1883 and they had eight children. First-born Percival established the Wilsford Winery near Lyndoch in 1928. Percival had two sons, Noel and Colin, and Colin and his wife Nancy had one son, Grant. Following in the footsteps of his father and forefathers before him, Grant carried the winemaking tradition into the 21st century. Grant Burge Wines came under the ownership of the Accolade Wines' family of brands in 2015. Since then, the winery has flourished both nationally and internationally.