Let’s start with a few highlights:
- Released after only three years of bottle age!
- Made from near 100 year old vines from the acclaimed Filsell vineyard in the Barossa Valley!
- Aged for 22 months in American oak and French oak – 70 per cent new!
Few wines in Australia, let alone the world, can match the pedigree of the Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz. First released in 1988, the Meshach is truly one of Australia’s icon wines.
It’s an elegant, beautifully structured wine that is designed to be aged and enjoyed with food. James Halliday scored the most recent 2006 vintage 96 points. Here’s his review:
Good colour retention, as it should be; a very classy combination of a top vintage, high quality fruit, and practised winemaking; blackberry, plum, licorice and cedar are synergistically fused on the long, medium- to full-bodied palate. The cork quality is good, and may allow the wine to complete its journey. Shiraz. (James Halliday Australian Wine Companion)
The signature style of the Meshach is very much representative of the winemaking philosophy of its maker, Grant Burge. A fifth-generation Barossa vigneron with more than 40 years of winemaking experience under his belt, Burge is a great believer in creating wines with enough structure, depth and complexity to age for a long time.
In an interesting video interview with Langton’s Andrew Caillard, Burge explained that the Meshach is at its best in its second decade. By then the “in your face” flavours and characters of the incredibly concentrated fruit from the old vines have softened. The wine becomes a bit lighter in body and develops complex savoury aromas and characters, which serve to balance the sweetness of the old vine fruit without diminishing its vibrancy.
Grant Burge is an example of a very successful family-owned business. The winery owns close to 400 hectares of vineyards across the Barossa and Eden Valley including the famous Filsell Vineyard, which was planted in the 1920’s.
If you’re a fan of this wine, you may be interested to know that you can apply to join The Meshach Club. Membershis is limited to only 200 places, and benefits include a a guaranteed pre-release allocation of six bottles of Meshach per year.