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2016 Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz

2016 Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz

'A ball of concentration, from the black fruit flavours, chocolate, licorice and tar on the full-bodied palate to the integrated oak... and yet it doesn't drag you down. This will reward the patient, yet with a suppleness that makes it approachable in its youth.'
94 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion

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  • The Filsell vineyard is the jewel in the crown of the Grant Burge empire. Purchased by Grant in 1989, it is an historic vineyard that provides the bedrock to their Meshach and Filsell Shiraz wines. With fruit originally planted in 1920, the deep alluvial soils help to create muscular wines of incredible intensity and depth of flavour. The old vines have extraordinarily deep root systems and will withstand the most severe of Australian summers producing full bodied wines with intense colour.

    Filsell has won countless trophies over the year, 50+ Gold Medals, and a long running streak of 90+ point reviews from many of the greatest critics in Australian wine.


    The Filsell vineyard with near century-old vines is considered one of the best vineyards in the Barossa Valley and consistently produces fruit of great intensity and concentration. Planted in 1920, this vineyard also produces some of the fruit for Grant Burge Wines' flagship Shiraz, the highly acclaimed Meshach. Filsell is known to loyal followers as Meshach’s younger brother.

    The 2016 vintage in the Barossa saw a cool winter and spring with lower than average rainfall followed by a warm summer. The mild February & March allowed for a smooth harvest and good flavour development. 2016 is regarded as a very good year for reds in the Barossa. 

    Different batches of fruit were crushed and fermented separately. Primary fermentation on skins occurred for approximately eight days, with a couple of small batches undergoing natural yeast fermentation in small open fermenters for a further week. The wine was pumped over three times a day and the skins were pressed gently before the free run and pressed wine was transferred to oak to finish fermentation. The wine was matured in a combination of French and American oak for 20 months.


    The 2016 Filsell Shiraz has a deep red color with bright purple hue. The nose displays aromas of liquorice, plum, raspberry, dark chocolate and vanilla. The full bodied palate offers rich and dense flavours of plum, dark chocolate and spice. The long persistent tannins are balanced by richness and sweetness of fruit. The 2016 Filsell generously demonstrates the quality of the 2016 season in the Barossa, powerful yet elegant tannin structure and lovely mid palate weight.

    Whilst approachable now this powerful wine can be confidently cellared for 20 years after release. Partner it with rich beef dishes such as a tenderloin or slow cooked beef cheeks.


    95 Points & Gold Medal - 2018 Barossa Valley Wine Show

    Gold Medal - 2018 Royal Perth Wine Show

    'A ball of concentration, from the black fruit flavours, chocolate, licorice and tar on the full-bodied palate to the integrated oak - 21 months in French and American oak (30% new) and yet it doesn't drag you down. Ample tannins, too, so this will reward the patient, yet with a suppleness that makes it approachable in its youth.'

    94 Points - Jane Faulkner

    'Very deep, dark, youthful red/purple colour and a chocolate and dried plum aroma. It's savoury, deep and concentrated, somewhat de-emphasising primary fruit. The wine is very intense in the mouth, penetrating and long, with heaps of vitality and energy, and promising to age long-term. Excellent shiraz.'
    94 Points - Huon Hooke

    'If you’re going to make an old School, oak-rich, black-fruited Barossa shiraz then best to also keep it neat, tidy and fresh.

    That’s exactly what they’ve done here. It’s awash with toasty, coffeed, creamy oak but it’s well matched to the red/black fruit flavour and it feels well balanced throughout. They’ve done a fine job in the making and presentation of this release. Earth, oak-spice, violet and clove notes all make appearances here too but it’s juicy, firm with tannin, and not at all cumbersome. It should cellar well; tannin really puts a stamp on this wine, in a good way.'

    93+ Points - Campbell Mattinson

    'Pristine and lavishly fruited; blackberries, dark plums and cassis with cedar/chocolate oak and mineral undertones.'
    93 Points - Jeremy Oliver