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Mount Burrumboot Estate

www.burrumboot.com

3332 Heathcote - Rochester Road, Colbinabbin, 3559

Cellar Door: Weekends/pub hols (11-5), weekdays by appointment

Ph: (03) 5432 9238 or 0438 329 238

Mount Burrumboot Estate

Mount Burrumboot Estate was established in 1999, when Andrew and Cathy Branson planted vines on the family farm, "Donore", on the slopes of Mount Burrumboot, on the Mount Camel Range, above Colbinabbin.

The vineyard was meant to be another diversification of a farming enterprise of cereals, prime lambs and irrigated clover hay. However, the wine bug soon bit Andrew and Cathy, and so a winery was established.

The first wine was made in 2001 by contract - however, 2002 vintage saw the first wine made by Cathy in primitive conditions in the machinery shed, surrounded by headers and tractors. The appearance of the new 50 tonne winery in August 2002 was not surprisingly greeted with great enthusiasm!

Cathy Branson at the cellar door

The Bransons use traditional, gentle methods and the red wines are unfiltered. Like Lake Cooper Estate this winery is way to the north of the main Heathcote wine tourist area so you are likely to get one to one time with these frank and unpretentious winemakers. The reds tend to be held back for several years before release.

As well as the mandatory Shiraz and Merlot there is lots here for alternative varieties fans to get excited by: Marsanne, Viognier, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese and the region's only Gamay.

The Mad Uncle Jack Petit Verdot is one of the best GenXY have tried from Heathcote but we also had been curious about how the family felt about the "'Mad Uncle Jack" name. When we visited Cathy told us that it was a sort of tribute to a deceased family member buried under the trees out the back of the cellar door. However, for the 2005 vintage the family had made her drop the 'Mad' from the 'Uncle Jack'.

Cathy is also quite active in the Heathcote Growers' Association.

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)

Mt. Burrumboot Tempranillo 2010

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, plump and glossy raspberry and sour cherry with dried herb, bay leaf †and tomato stalk notes, medium bodied and oaky palate with a coconut-dark chocolate finish (***)

Mount Burrumboot Sangiovese 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, glossy black cherry and raspberry with some bay leaf and savoury meat complexity, earthy with powdery tannins and toasty cinnamon/clove oak, in its peak drinking window (****)

Mount Burrumboot Elle Rougit Rose 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, made from Gamay, crisp and dry strawberry and cream style with a dusting of herbs and some rose petal florals, starting to mellow so drink ASAP (***)

Mount Burrumboot Heathcote Petit Verdot 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, deeply coloured and powerful varietal expression, blocky and fleshy blueberry, sour cherry and dark plum with toasty cinnamon oak spice, rich earthy undertones and lifted violet florals, firm grainy tannins, quite open now but will last† in the cellar (****)

Mount Burrumboot Estate Sangiovese 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, long and juicy core of sour cherry and plum fruit with tobacco and violet notes, medium bodied and finely textured with some glazed fruit/glycerol aspects, wrapped in powdery savoury tannins with cinnamon-almond oak, lively acidity gives it plenty of drive (****)

Mount Burrumboot Estate Gamay 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, this ainít no Beaujalois, silky and medium bodied strawberry and cassis with violet, mint, musk and forest floor notes, slinky fine tannins with a touch of tar and clove on the finish (***1/2)

Mount Burrumboot Estate Tempranillo 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, sweet raspberry entry leading to a medium bodied plum and glazed cherry mid-palate with herb, tobacco and bay leaf nuances, fine savoury tannins with some sweet vanilla-coconut oak (***1/2)

Mount Burrumboot Sangiovese 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, bigger than the 2006 reflecting the drought vintage, sour cherry and mulberry with tobacco and leather notes, savoury and medium-full bodied with fine chalky tannins providing some grip on the finish, toasted brown oak spices, not Chianti but satisfyingly varietal (****)

Mount Burrumboot Merlot 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, a rarity in Australia, a varietal Merlot, fleshy plum and redcurrant with dried herb, pepper and olive notes, medium bodied with graphite minerality, supple and plush tannins with a touch of fruitcake on the finish (****)

Mount Burrumboot Mad Uncle Jackís Petit Verdot 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2016+

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, inky colour, fleshy and spicy blackcurrant and dark plum with pepper and cinnamon, medium-full bodied, quite glycerolly and a touch forward but is vibrant for its age, toasty cedar oak and persistent tannins (***1/2)

Mt.Burrumboot Estate Tempranillo 2007

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, more intensely flavoured than the 2006 vintage, glazed cherry and plum with tobacco and fruitcake notes, long, savoury and medium-full bodied palate with the regionís slaty minerality finding expression, the sweet coconut-chocolate oak and acid matches the fruit intensity (****)

Mt.Burrumboot Estate Tempranillo 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, more austere than the 2007 vintage, silky and medium bodied plum, cherry and redcurrant with fruit cake and clove notes, good depth and length, becomes quite savoury and earthy with fine tannins, some sweet coconut and chocolate oak on the finish (***1/2)

Mount Burrumboot Estate Gamay 2005

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, only of the few Australian examples of Beaujolais's famous wine variety, fragrant black cherry and strawberry aromas with violet hints, earthy and brambly features to the light-medium bodied spicy palate, balanced acidity, I was concerned at slight stewed banana aspect that is normally associated with drought stressed fruit, however, this is common feature of ripe, rather than stressed, examples of this variety (***1/2)

Mount Burrumboot Estate Tempranillo 2005

Purchased: Cellar Door ($22)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, inky black colour, rich nose shows dark cherry flavour with mint and choloate features, spicy plum and fruit cake mid-palate, firm tannins (***1/2)

Mount Burrumboot Estate Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, concentrated blackcurrant and mulberry with liquorice, leather, pepper, vanilla and slight smoky hints, bright gamy palate, long finish, grippy tannins (***1/2)

Mount Burrumboot Estate Sangiovese 2005

Purchased: Cellar Door ($22)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, quite rich with black cherry up front with hints of cinnamon that slides into blackberry later on the palate, chalky tannins (***1/2)

Mount Burrumboot Estate Marsanne Viognier 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, bouquet of lime and passionfruit, before leading into the stonefruit and apricot character of the Viognier, crisp and fruity finish, good summer quaffer (***)

Mount Burrumboot Estate Elle Rougit Rose 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, al fresco food wine style made from blend of Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Merlot, quite full and dry for a Rose, light-medium bodied with dark cherry flavours with twist of savouriness on mid-palate (**1/2)

Mount Burrumboot Heathcote Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Yes ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, inky black, concentrated blackcurrant with liquorice, clove, pepper, vanilla and slight smoky hints, bright fruity palate benefits from use of French oak rather than the Heathcote's penchant for American oak, long finish, firm but not grippy tannins (****)

Mount Burrumboot Old Soolum Merlot 2004

Purchased: No ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, inky colour, redcurrant, plum and blackcurrant flavours with varietal savouriness and pepper, medium-full bodied earthy palate is fuller than standard merlots but has retained varietal features (ie, not impersonating a jammy Shiraz), well integrated choc-vanilla oak, slightly drying tannins (****)

Mount Burrumboot Mad Uncle Jack's Petit Verdot 2004

Purchased: Yes ($25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, dense blackcurrant and raspberry flavours with pepper, dark chocolate and liquorice features, charry oak adds cigar box features, long finish, firm but not grippy tannins (****)