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Grant Burge

www.grantburgewines.com.au

Jacob’s Creek, Barossa Valley, 5352

Cellar Door: Daily (11 - 5)

Ph: (08) 8563 3700

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Cellar door at Grant Burge's Jacob's Creek site (photo:genxywines)

Grant Burge was a winemaker at the Southern Vales Cooperative and a co-owner of the Krondorf winery from 1976 to 1988. The origins of the Grant Burge company occurred in 1988 when Grant and Helen Burge took over the old 1860s-era Moorooroo cellars at Jacob’s Creek.

They were part of Barossa’s eighties boutique winery phase which saw new players like Charles Melton and Rockford take on the historic powerhouses.

They are now one of the big players in the Barossa with three cellar doors in the valley. The diverse operations include vineyards near Bethany, Krondorf (the winery not the brand), Lyndoch (including the Filsell sixty year Shiraz vines and the Hillcot Merlot vines) and Eden Valley, and a new fortified wine cellar door in the old Basedow cellar door in Tanunda.

The large portfolio includes Shiraz, Viognier, Frontignac, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon in a variety of ranges and price points. The top of the range wines are the Holy Trinity (a Rhone blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre), the Meshash Shiraz and the Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon.

Grant Burge
Grant Burge at Jacob's Creek. The haze in the background is the smoke from the huge 2007 bushfires nearly 1000 km away in Victoria's King Valley (photo:genxywines)
Lily Farm pic
Grant Burge's Lily Farm vineyard at the base of the Barossa Ranges. It is the source of the Frontignac (white muscat) in the portfolio (photo:genxywines).
Krondorf cellar pic
Grant Burge now runs the old Krondorf cellar door at the foothills of the Barossa Ranges and offers sweeping panoramas of the valley. (photo:genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Grant Burge The Holy Trinity Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2011

Purchased:† Not ($37)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, 56% Grenache, 33% Shiraz and 11% Mourvedre, from a cold vintage requiring careful hand picking, as expected this is lighter and more aromatic than usual, supple and fleshy blueberry, red cherry and blackberry with violet, white pepper, bay leaf and anise notes, fine dusty tannins and restrained spicy oak from the large format fourdre and puncheons (****)

Grant Burge Abednego 2009

Purchased: Not ($64)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, briary but mellowing blend of 44% Shiraz, 31% Grenache and 23% Mourvedre, supple glazed cherry, red berries, stewed plum and blueberry with rose petal and violet florals, plenty of peppery spices with savoury game and olive notes, fleshy medium-full bodied palate underpinned with a backbone of dusty tannins and nutmeg/cinnamon oak (****1/2)

Grant Burge Holy Trinity Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2010

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, 38% Grenache, 36% Shiraz and 26% Mourvedre, dusty and juicy blackberry pastille, kirsch and blueberry with white pepper, asian spice, toasted cinnamon and liquorice notes, firmish medium-full bodied palate becomes more savoury down the palate, plenty of cedary/cigar box but thereís no new oak, grainy tannins leading to the warm, minerally finish (****)

Grant Burge Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, firmish but sweetly fruited blackcurrant and dark plums with eucalypt, black olive and violet notes, dusty medium-full bodied palate with some graphite minerality, some toasty vanilla/dark chocolate oak and open knit but chewy chalky tannins (***1/2)

Grant Burge Hillcot Merlot 2012

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, Bronze Medal at Royal Sydney Wine Show 2013, sweet plumcake and redcurrant with some olive savoury contrast and violet florals, medium bodied with plenty of charry mocha/chocolate/nutmeg from the US/Hungarian oak, loose knit grainy tannins (***1/2)

Grant Burge Lily Farm Frontignac 2009

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb CBD ($17)

Drink: 2011

(G) Tasting: Aug 2011, off-dry white muscat, floral and delicate lychee, lime zest and rose petal with a chalky bath powder texture, the varietal limitation is the weak acid structure (***)

Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, from 90 year old vines near Lyndoch, 20 months in mainly American oak bring charry cedar and dark chocolate features, not as rich as some recent vintages, ripe plum and blackberry with flashes of mulberry supported liquorice, clove and toasty cinnamon nuances, grippy tannins, there is a good streak of underlying minerality (***1/2)

Grant Burge Zerk Semillon Viognier 2009

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, the Viognier component has been barrel fermented but does most of the talking in the blend, tangy nectarine and orange sherbert with musk and cinnamon notes, refreshing chalky lemon acids, gets a bit oily and phenolic in places (***)

Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($110)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, bright and sumptuously fruited raspberry, blackberry and dark plums with mint and anise notes, dense with genuine fruit depth, suppleness and length, smooth and earthy with sweet mocha-chocolate oak, long backbone of powdery tannins (****1/2)

Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, smooth, slightly forward and medium-full bodied redcurrant, plum-cake and blackberry with anise and cinnamon notes, a little bit jammy with sweet, spicy and toasty vanilla/bitter dark chocolate/cedar inputs from the range of American, French and Hungarian oak contacts, fine grained tannins, a pleasant wine for the price range (***1/2)

Grant Burge Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, fairly intense and extractive blackberry and redcurrant with leather and eucalpypt notes, the medium-full bodied is a bit jammy, forward and hollows out on the finish, overt cedary-chocolate French oak with firm tannins (***1/2)

Grant Burge Fortified Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, 10 years old, lush and treacly raisened fruit and orange marmalade with a lime citric twist, warm spirity finish (***1/2)

Grant Burge Lily Farm Frontignan 2008

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, off-dry lychee, musk and rose petal with touch of lime zest, dry chalky finish, summer afternoon quaffer (***)

Grant Burge Moscato Frizzante 2009

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, fresh and grapey peach and musk with a chalky base and light spritz, fractionally short, uncomplicated sweet quaffing (***)

Grant Burge Kraft Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, clean but diffuse tropical fruit, cut grass and passionfruit with gentle chalkiness and citric acids, the Barossa really isnít suited to this variety (**1/2)

Grant Burge Mesach Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, mainly from 100 year old vines in the Fillsell Vineyard, voluptuous even if rather ripe, showing layers of blackberry, stewed plum, and raspberry with fruitcake, leather and dried thyme notes, the 22 months in mainly American oak brings spicy mocha-chocolate features, firm and persistent grainy tannins, wonít be as long lived as the 2002 vintage (****)

Grant Burge Holy Trinity 2003

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, spicy Rhone blend of 39% Grenache, 36% Shiraz and 25% Mourvedre from a range of vines ranging from 50 – 110 years old, the hot 2003 vintage means the ripeness is up at the slight expense to the spiciness, blueberry, raspberry and plum with densely spiced with black pepper, cinnamon, thyme and lavender notes, savoury, earthy and medium-full bodied, balanced French oak and dusty tannins, delicious but just finishing a little hollow to go to the top rung (****)

Grant Burge Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, fairly vibrant expression of dark plum, blackcurrant, mint and a touch of leather and dried herbs, savoury and medium-full bodied with a smooth chocolatey finish, 20 months in French oak, fine and lingering savoury tannins (****)

Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, lush black cherry and plum with anise and cigar box notes, spicy, earthy and medium-full bodied, complex range of American, French and Hungarian oak inputs, fine tannins (***1/2)

Grant Burge Fillsell Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, from 87 year old vines near Lyndoch, dense and ripe blackcurrant, mulberry and raspberry with liquorice, clove and black pepper notes, full bodied with rich chocolate, cedar and cigar box from the 18 months in mainly American oak, not as focussed as the 2004 vintage (***1/2)

Grant Burge Hillcot Merlot 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, big and ripe black cherry and plum, interest is driven by sweet and savoury contrast, spicy and medium-full bodied with varietal mid-palate plumpness, slightly charry cedar from the American and Hungarian oak, a touch of chocolate on the finish, loose knit tannins (***1/2)

Grant Burge Abednego 2002

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, Rhone blend of 39% Shiraz, 35% Grenache, 26% Mourvedre, vibrant blackberry, plum and blueberry with herbal thyme, anise and mint notes, light-medium bodied and earthy palate, subtle French oak, soft but slightly dusty tannins (****)

Grant Burge Holy Trinity 2002

Purchased: Not ($37)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, Rhone style blend of Grenache (37%), Shiraz (36%) and Mourvedre (25%) from vines between 50 to 110 years old, raspberry, plum and blueberry flavours with a hint of menthol, light-medium bodied with spicy and earthy features, balanced and smooth, subtle French oak evident on the finish, powdery tannins (****)

Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, from Lyndoch vineyard, a bit tight as it is only just released, black cherry and spicy plum with some raspberry sweetness at the front, the palate is medium to full bodied with decent focus and cinnamon features, well balanced charry oak with smooth vanilla and chocolate features, fine tannins (****)

Grant Burge Filsell Barossa Valley Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, from 100 year old vines, rich and dense wine but reflects high quality winecraft rather than good fruit, sweet but rather stewed plum, redcurrant and prune features reflecting the rather hot vintage, complex American and French oaking adds cigar box, vanilla and mocha-chocolate features, firm tannins with hint of pepper on the long finish, disappointing both for the price and also as it is normally an exceptional wine given a less stressed vintage (***1/2)

Grant Burge Zerk Semillon 2006

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, from 70 year old Barossa vines, 15% French oak, cut hay, green apple and lime, palate has waxy/oily features with subtle toasty oak, dry finish with refreshing acidity (***)

Grant Burge Lily’s Farm Frontignac 2006

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, from the Tanunda vineyard, floral and grapey with bright lychee, lime and musc, citric finish (***)

Grant Burge Hillcot Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, from Hillcot vineyard near Lyndoch, 10% Cabernet added, black cherry and spicy plum with dark chocolate, liquorice and mint notes, spicy medium bodied palate, sweet and a bit forward, grippy tannins at the moment, charry vanilla-cedar oak (***1/2)

Grant Burge Balthaser Shiraz Viognier 2003

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, with 4% Eden Valley Viognier, redcurrant, plum and black cherry, light-medium bodied, sweet and a bit stewed with obvious Viognier, basic structure and light pepper with apricot dominated finish (***)

Grant Burge Hillcot Merlot 2003

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda , ($17)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, blended with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, powerful plum, raspberry and cranberry with dark chocolate, liquorice and mint notes, full bodied, slightly jammy sweet palate, well integrated cedar oak is evident but the fruit lingers on and on, smooth, rounded tannins, chocolate-vanilla cedar oak (***1/2)