Wine: Grant Burge “Wine Makers Selection” Barossa Shiraz
You never really go in thinking that a wine that you purchase under $20 is going to deliver any real ‘wow’ factor. However, if anyone who knows a smidgen about South Australian wine and its regions, you may be aware that the Barossa Valley is the iconic region in Australia for Shiraz; and is considered as one of the best Shiraz growing regions in the world.
Never-the-less, you are always dancing with the devil when it comes to parting with your hard earned if you’re blindly purchasing a wine without knowing its vintage history. As this wine reviewer has done…
But, as I unscrewed the cap and proceeded to run the wine through the decanter something uncanny happened. An epic aroma filled the air. Something so very uncharacteristic from a Shiraz. (It is a wine not known to appeal to the nose so much as it does to the palate.) Aromas of Raspberry and blackcurrant jumped out of the decanter and smacked me in the face, nestled in a prominent essence of vanilla, almost giving it a near young fortified wine smell.
This got me excited. I wanted to find out what this reasonably priced wine had to offer.
Thus, I am lead to the palate. Unlike the smell, there is quite a lot of oak characteristics behind the wine. The likes of ceder and vanilla stand out foremost. This is a telltale factor from the two types of oak (American and French) used in the making of the wine. Yet, the fruit still comes through, not as much as I thought, but there is a nice plum flavor with a lingering finish that moves onto hints of cherry.
The tannin behind this wine is a little more distinctive than you would normally get from a ‘ready-to-drink-now Shiraz from this region. (Represented by a slightly cooler climate); and given time, it will mellow out and allow the fruit to drive along a little more with that ceder flavor.
This wine will take another 5 plus years to get into the prime drinking phase, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this wine still drinking well in another 15 years time. There is enough oak, fruit and tannin to keep this wine moving along for years to come. All-in-all, a nice little surprise package from the Burge family for under twenty of my Australian dollars.
The SA Wine Guy