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: Burke Salter


Burke Salter

Lot 5, Paisley Rd, Blanchetown, 5357

Cellar Door: Fri-Sun (pub hols, 11-4.30, daily in school holidays)

Ph: (08) 8540 5023

wine label

Burke Salter is the label run by husband and wife team, Jane and Gregory Salter.

The Salters have been growing grapes at their property for three generations. They keep a small portion of their grape for their own label. The wines are made by various small Barossa winemakers.

While Burke Salter lies technically in the Riverland it lies as an isolated wine outpost far to the west of the vast irrigation plantations of Renmark and Berri. It is located close to the spectacular river cliffs at Blanchetown with paddleboat tourism providing much of the cellar door trade.

The cellar door is located in a revamped Mobil petrol station.

The premium Moorunde range Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon have fantastic depth and definition that remind me more of the power of Clare Valley than anything have I seen from the Riverland. The second budget range includes: Shiraz, Muscat Gordo, Semillon Chardonnay, and Chardonnay.

Avenmore Tastings
Gregory and Jane Salter
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)

Burke Salter Moorunde Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, while rather ripe this has good fruit definition,  slightly extractive blackberry and dark plums with expansive savoury olive complexity building down the palate, roast coffee and vanilla spice French oak, fine, almost sand-grained tannins, the drop in alcohol to 14% is a positive step (****)

Burke Salter Moorunde Reserve Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, minimally irrigated old (1950s) vines, perfumed, slightly tarry blackcurrant and plum with liquorice and white pepper notes, medium-full bodied with fine grained tannins, roast coffee and vanilla spices from the French oak, slightly warm finish from the 14.6% alcohol (***1/2)  

Burke Salter Moorunde Reserve Merlot 2008

Purchased: Stall at Good, Food and Wine Show ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, Gold Medal at Inland Wine Show 2010, dense, meaty and powerful blackberry, mulberry and fruitcake, fully ripe but no loss of fruit definition, warm spices with underlying earthiness, spicy roast coffee oak with fine powdery tannins, a surprise for a region that rarely suits quality Merlot (****)

Burke Salter Moorunde Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, intense and brambly blackcurrant with liquorice and black pepper notes, quite deep set if a little extractive and tarry, dark chocolate, roast coffee and spice from the French oak, easily handles the 15% alcohol, dusty tannins, surprisingly good fruit definition for the region (****)

Burke Salter Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($14)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, ripe and tarry blackberry and liquorice, quite intensely flavoured with underlying earthiness and extractive with warm brown spices and toasty US oak, dusty tannins, good value for the price (***1/2)

Burke Salter Sparkling Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, creamy and rich blackberry and blueberry with cola features, fairly intense with good length and well integrated dosage (***1/2)

Burke Salter Muscat Gordo Bianco 2009

Purchased: Not ($12)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, unwooded, perfumed, semi-sweet, bright and broad lychee and passionfruit with some mid-palate spiciness and a crisp finish (***)

Burke Salter Semillon Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($12)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, mineral-infused tropical fruit, peach and melon with tangy lemon acidity, respectable texture and length for the region (***)

Burke Salter Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($12)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, basic unwooded quaffer showing bright and broad pineapple and melon with crisp lemony acids (**1/2)