Grant Burge `Balthasar` Shiraz 2013 (6 x 750mL), Eden Valley, SA.

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Overview

The Balthasar Shiraz, one of Grant Burge’s Wines of Distinction, is sourced entirely from the Eden Valley region of the Barossa. Traditionally a key component of Barossa blends this wine showcases the elegant varietal characteristics from this unique region.

Four individual parcels from the same Eden Valley vineyard were picked separately with each batch receiving a unique fermentation regime. Traditional European winemaking techniques were used for this wine, in particular extended maceration to add more depth of flavour and allow for a softening of tannins. After pressing, 60% of the wine went to new French oak hogsheads and 40% into 2,500 litre French oak vats. Further to this, the wine was left on fine lees for 6 months, with the barrels then cleaned and re-filled for an extra 12 months of oak maturation.

Region:
SA - Eden Valley
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Rich ruby in colour.

Aroma

Enticing, vibrant aromas of redberries, cloves and dark chocolate, along with a hint of sweet spice.

Palate

The palate is a perfect balance of red berry fruit and soft chalky tannins. Balthasar is all about texture with the concentrated blackberry, plum and silky blueberry fruit flavours all perfectly integrated with the soft, silky tannin structure. A complex, yet elegant wine which has unparalleled fruit density, exceptional length and structure.

Cellaring

Benchmark Eden Valley Shiraz from a sensational vintage, very indicative of the cooler climate, this wine is immediately approachable yet can be cellared for 10 to 12 years.

Food Matching

The soft silky tannin profile of this wine makes it an ideal accompaniment to a multitude of game, red meat and roast pork dishes.

Vintage
2013
Region
SA - Eden Valley
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Cork closure
Alcohol
14%

Winery Profile

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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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