Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ This wine has a 96+ rating
Meshach William Burge (1843 – 1942) was Grant’s great grandfather and a central figure in establishing the Burge family’s winemaking tradition. He was 11 when his family moved from Hillcot in Wiltshire, England, to the Barossa Valley and established what has grown into a thriving viticultural, wheat and sheep property near Lyndoch. In tribute, Grant has selected his finest Shiraz to bear his name and be his flagship wine. Since the first vintage in 1988, Meshach has won several of Australia’s top trophies and many medals. It is generally regarded as one of the country’s best dry reds.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
Rating 96+, 2014 to 2024+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com (FEB/2012)
Very deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2006 Meshach is still a little mute with a core of dark plum preserves and blackberries and hints of chocolate, hung meat, damp earth and cloves. The full bodied palate is still tightly knit with a solid structure of medium to firm very finely grained tannins and racy acid supporting the dense, muscular fruit, finishing long. It still needs time to open and marry and should drink best 2014 to 2024+.
Tasting three vintages of Grant Burge’s flagship wine, Meshach, with him in Autumn 2011, he told me a bit more about the background of the wine. It’s named after his grandfather: “I was looking for a name that had something to do with longevity. My grandfather lived for 99 years and 9 months.” The wine has always been made entirely from old vine Barossa Shiraz, predominately coming from the Filsell vineyard planted in the 1920s. “When we started first making the wine in 1988 it was a 100% American oak. But then we thought the oak was too sweet. Since 1998 we use 20% French oak and 80% American. We made the change in 1998.
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2006 Meshach shows incredible depth and intensity of colour despite the wine being 5 years of age on release.
There are powerful aromas of ripe blackberries, spiced plums and dark chocolate, along with delicate touches of mint, florals and raspberries.
The palate is sumptuous with flavours of Swiss chocolate, savoury spices, raspberry fruit and a hint of red currants. The palate hits perfect balance between flavour, concentration and structure, with beautiful tannins and excellent length.
This wine continues the proud history of Meshach. As with previous vintages, the elegant 2006 vintage should be enjoyed on special occasions and will appeal to the collector in you. The Grant Burge Wines flagship Shiraz has an ageing potential of upwards of 20 years with careful cellaring.
Medals & Trophies
Gold – 2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Gold – 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards
Gold – 2008 Hobart International Wine Show
Gold – 2008 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Gold – 2008 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Silver – 2011 International Wine & Spirits Competition
Bronze – 2009 Royal Sydney Wine Show
Bronze – 2010 Royal Sydney Wine Show
Bronze – 2007 Brisbane Wine Show
Bronze – 2012 International Wine Challenge
Bronze – 2011 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Comp
Bronze – 2011 International Wine Challenge UK
Bronze – 2009 Canberra Wine Show
Bronze – 2008 Canberra Regional Wine Show
Bronze – 2008 Perth Royal Wine Show
Bronze – 2008 Royal Melbourne Wine Show