Grant Burge `Summers` Chardonnay 2008 (6 x 750mL), SA. RRP$21.95

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Overview

The palate is equally enticing with rich, fleshy fruit- the green melon flavours continuing from the nose and perfectly complimented by the ripe stone fruits. It is beautifully balanced with integrated oak along with mineral and citrus acidity, and has terrific length.

Region:
SA - Other South Australian
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

The 2008 Summers Chardonnay is an elegant wine, with golden straw colouring.

Aroma

The wine has pleasing aromas of green melons, ripe stone fruits and subtle almond kernels on the nose.

Palate

The palate is equally enticing with rich, fleshy fruit- the green melon flavours continuing from the nose and perfectly complimented by the ripe stone fruits. It is beautifully balanced with integrated oak along with mineral and citrus acidity, and has terrific length.

Cellaring Potential

It is drinking well now and will develop further complexities with correct short to mid-term cellaring.

Food Matching

Although elegant, this wine can support full flavoured food such as Asian spiced quail with coconut rice, roasted pork loin with fennel or a creamy seafood gumbo.

Vineyard

Grant selects his fruit from prime cooler climate vineyards with the fruit picked from both his Summers vineyard in Eden Valley and the equally cool climate of the Adelaide Hills. The 2008 vintage began earlier than expected but with just below average rainfall throughout the year. Although the well documented heat wave occurred in mid March in the middle of vintage,

the fruit for our white wines had already been picked and therefore was not affected by the extreme weather. The fruit from these cooler areas produced wine with prominent fresh varietal characters and was all hand picked at around 13.5° Baume.

Winemaking Notes

The fruit was chilled and whole bunch pressed, then a combination of cultured and natural indigenous yeast ferments took place in new, and one and two year old French oak hogsheads with solids to assist with mouthfeel. Maturation was then carried out in the same oak casks that were used in fermentation; regular stirring of lees was carried out to increase the complexity of the wine until blending occurred in January 2008

Medals & Trophies

Bronze Medal, Class 70, Perth Royal Wine Show 2009

Bronze Medal, Hobart Wine Show 2009

Bronze Medal, Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2009

Vintage
2008
Region
SA - Other South Australian
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

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History and Tradition

Grant Burge is a fifth-generation Barossa Vigneron. Throughout his career, Grant has been one of the most respected and innovative forces in the Australian wine industry. The history of the Burge family and their long association with winemaking in the region can be traced back to March 1855, when noted tailor John Burge immigrated to the Barossa from Hillcot, near Pewsey in Wiltshire, England with his wife Eliza and their two sons. With help from his sons Meshach and Henry, John’s farm flourished with wheat, sheep and viticulture. His eldest son Meshach continued the farming tradition and was a prominent community leader. He married Emma in the early 1900s and they had eight children. First-born Percival established the Wilsford Winery in 1916, beginning the Burge winemaking tradition. Percival had two sons, Noel and Colin, and Colin and his wife Nancy had one son, Grant. Following in the footsteps of his father and forefathers before him, Grant now carries the winemaking tradition into the 21st century

Family Owned

Grant Burge Wines was formed in 1988 by Grant and his wife Helen, and is located in the heart of the Barossa Valley on the banks of Jacob's Creek and is still proudly family owned. Continuing the family tradition, Grant and Helen have now brought the sixth generation into the fold. Eldest son Toby is the company’s Vineyard Manager, upholding the premium quality and consistency of fruit produced from the vineyards. Amelia joined the Marketing Department in an assistant role early in 2007, and in late 2008 went out into the world to gain more experience to bring back to the company later on in her career. Trent, the youngest, has been part of the hardworking cellar team at the Illaparra Winery since vintage 2006. All three children share Grant and Helen’s vision to continue this long family tradition of bringing exceptional wines to the world.

“I am a romantic, and I have a real sense of my family history, of my father and grandfather, and what they achieved.” Grant Burge

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