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Burke and Wills

3155 Burke and Wills track. Mia Mia, 3444

Cellar Door: By appointment

Ph: (03) 5425 5400

To see Burke and Wills wines from Macedon Ranges (VIC)

The emphasis on music reflected on their URL reflects wimemaker and owner, Andrew Pattison's, passion for music, He founded the Troubador venue in Melbourne in the eighties and his winery is regularly associated with folk festivals.

On the winemaking side he founded the Lancefield winery in the adjacent Macedon Ranges in the 1980s but has sold this (it is now the Glen Erin Retreat). He moved a few miles to establish the Burke and Wills winery in 2004 at the southern boundary of the Heathcote but retains a small northern Macedon Ranges vineyard.

The varieties used include: Shiraz, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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 and Wills Vat 1 French Oak Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016,  aromatic and powerful black cherry and dark plums with a streak of red fruit, shows cracked black pepper, mint, liquorice and violet notes, slaty medium-full bodied palate with slinky tannins and toasty cinnamon/clove oak (****)

Burke and Wills Mia Mia Gewürztraminer 2016

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, just a baby when tried but already showing some exotic spices on the lychee, passionfruit and rose petal base, linear with fine talcy minerality and racy citric acidity (****)

Burke and Wills Vat 1 Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, fragrant and high toned redcurrants, plum and black cherry with black pepper, mint and violet notes, supple and medium bodied cote of fruit with slaty minerality, finishes savoury with toasty cinnamon/clove/cedar French oak, good acid and tannin balance for medium term cellaring (****)

Burke and Wills Vat 2 Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, from Redesdale vineyard, a bit more intense than the Vat 1, mulberry, black cherry and dark plum with mint and pepper notes, slaty and medium bodied, mouth-filling grainy tannins, overt sweet vanilla American oak (***1/2)

Burke and Wills Mia Mia Gewurztraminer 2014

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, crisp and varietal expression showing lychee and rose petals with musky spices, dry and chalky with refreshing juicy acidity and ripe phenolics (****)

Burke and Wills Dig Tree Viognier 2014

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, viscous and brightly flavoured pear and apricot with chamomile, citrus blossom and gingery spice notes, firm acid spine with some phenolic grip (***1/2)

Burke and Wills Mia Mia Gewurztraminer 2011

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, a Heathcote Gewurztraminer? , this is from the Mia Mia vineyard which is south-west of the town of Heathcote and close to the border with cool climate Macedon Ranges, crisp and dry with a fairly light flavour expression showing lychee, rose petal and spices, the texture is fully varietal showing the soft bath power mouth feel and fine phenolics, just enough concentration to get over the line (****)

Burke and Wills Heathcote Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, early picked from the Colbinabbin vineyard in the north of the region bright redcurrant and blueberry with plum cake and pepper notes, minerally and medium-full bodied with sappy acidity and rich and spicy American oak (***1/2)

Burke and Wills Camp 5 Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, this is from the southern end of the region, early picked medium bodied style, wild ferment, mellow black cherry and plum cake with black pepper and liquorice notes, becomes savoury on the back end with generous French and American oak and fine, open knit tannins (***1/2)