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: Burnt Acre



Burnt Acre

211 O'Sullivans Rd, Merong, 3515

Cellar Door: No but tastings can be arranged by phoning

Ph: (03) 5435 219 or 0419 582 106

The Burnt Acre Vineyard was purchased by Cliff Stubbs & Maureen O'Connor in 1989, and named 'Burnt Acre' after a 1991 grass fire.

The vines were originally planted back in 1972 by local farmers Duncan and Emily McKenzie to diversify their farm, and for many years the grapes were sold to other wineries.

The principal varieties of grapes grown at Burnt Acre are Shiraz and Riesling, with small quantities of Grenache, Mondeuse and Viognier.

A minimal spray program in the vineyard allows them to grow clean, chemical-free grapes, and subsistence irrigation keeps both cropping levels and berry size small. The long drought is having an impact on the most recent released vintages.

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)

Burnt Acre Grenache 2015

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink 2020:

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, fleshy and peppery dark plums ad raspberry with rose petal notes, medium bodied (possibly some Shiraz input to add palate depth), savoury back half with graint tannins and spicy cedar/vanilla oak (***1/2)

Burnt Acre Shiraz 2015

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, silky and sweetly fruited blackberry jube and raspberry with lavendar florals, white pepper and a touch of gum leaf, medium bodied with good line and length, creamy caramel/cedar oak support (***1/2)

Burnt Acre 25 Years Grenache 2013

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: April 2015,  small Shiraz input to give it extra depth,  peppery and fleshy plums and mulberry with some rose petal florals, medium bodied with chewy grainy tannins, creamy and spicy oak in a support role (***1/2)

Burnt Acre Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, supple and medium bodied with white pepper and lavender florals, a touch of eucalypt in there as well, quite savoury with good line and length, almost Pinot-like silkiness fine tannins, the creamy caramel/cedar/vanilla oak is not too overt (****)

Burnt Acre Embers Shiraz Cabernet 2012

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, spicy and medium bodied blend showing cassis and dark plum with violet, white pepper and eucalypt notes, plump but slightly forward palate, some savoury meat and black olive complexity, rich coconut/dark chocolate oak and grainy oak tannins (***)

Burnt Acre Vineyard Blend 2010

Purchased: Bendigo Winemakers Festival ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, Grenache dominated blend with some Cabernet and Shiraz,  fresh, fleshy and medium bodied blueberry and redcurrant with a modest sprinkling of black pepper, mint and toasty brown spice, velvety tannins with the oak kept in a support role, good length, not super-complex but good value drink soon wine (****)

Burnt Acre The Embers 2009

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, this time the blend is 60% Shiraz/40% Cabernet, Cabernet comes from a relative’s vineyard at Kangaroo Flat on the southern edge of Bendigo, plump and spicy blackberry and cassis with eucalypt notes, slightly forward medium-full bodied palate is rather oaky with lots of cedary tannin, coconut and dark chocolate (***)

Burnt Acre Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, fairly closed nose as had only 3 weeks in bottle when reviewed, dense and tarry blackberry and dark plum with violet, clove and white pepper notes, medium-full bodied with the regional earthiness, chewy tannins and assertive vanilla-coconut-cedar oak that needs time to integrate (***1/2)

Burnt Acre Grenache 2008

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, lighter bodied than South Australian Grenache, medium bodied and savoury showing blueberry and plum with a black pepper and cinnamon spice mid-palate, sweet creamy oak with grainy tannins, good line and length (***1/2)

Burnt Acre The Embers Shiraz Cabernet 2005

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, a 70% Shiraz, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon blend, spicy dark plum, prune and blackcurrant with some mint and black pepper features, earthy and medium bodied with coconut-cedar American oak features, fine grained tannins, a step down from the 2004 vintage as the Cabernet is showing drought stress features (***)

Burnt Acre Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, medium bodied blackberry and mulberry with some eucalypt notes, spicy palate, the creamy and toasty American oak is not showing the unusual butterscotch/caramel aspects of the 2004 vintage, fine grained tannins, fruit intensity falls away a little too quickly (***)

Burnt Acre Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, medium bodied plum and black cherry with some eucalypt notes, balanced tannins, the charry American oak is creating an unusual butterscotch/caramel aspect to the back palate (***1/2)

Burnt Acre Heroes Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, medium-full bodied plum and blackberry with some eucalypt notes, firm but dusty tannins, once again the charry American oak adds unusual butterscotch/caramel aspect to the back palate (***1/2)

Burnt Acre The Embers Shiraz Cabernet 2004

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, smooth plum and blackcurrant with some mint and white pepper features, fairly tightly structured, savoury and medium bodied with subtle coconut-cedar American oak features, silky tannins (***1/2)

Burnt Acre Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, has a sweet perfumed Grenache-style nose, they used to add a little bit of Grenache but they now they can replicate the style without the Grenache, savoury light-medium bodied palate with some pepper hints, slightly tannic but should round out well (***1/2)

Burnt Acre Jackson's Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, fruit-driven style, very ripe raspberry and red cherry flavours but showing little spice complexity, firm acid (***)