96 points James Halliday 2017 Australian Wine Companion
Meshach Burge was Grant Burge\'s Great Grandfather, and the man who began the Burge winemaking tradition. Aged 11, he came to the Barossa Valley from Hillcot in Wiltshire, England, with his family establishing a thriving viticultural wheat and sheep property near Lyndoch. In 1865, under the watchful eye of his father, Meshach began making the first wines in the Burge winemaking history. In tribute, our finest Shiraz bears his name.
The fruit for this iconic wine is predominantly handpicked from near century old vines from the famed Barossa Valley. The aged vines produce fruit with tremendous concentration and intensity that make Meshach powerful, yet
beautifully balanced. After a number of dry vintages, 2010 was a welcome relief with good winter rains and a mild summer allowing even ripening and retention of natural acidity as well as the development of concentrated flavours. The wines already released from this vintage have proven outstanding, and we believe the 2010 Meshach will follow suit.
Crafting wine with grapes grown on historic vines is kept very simple in order to allow the grape\'s purity to shine. After crushing, the grapes were inoculated with yeast and remained in the open fermenters for between 6 to 9 days under careful observation. The fermenters were gently pumped over two to three times a day, then pump-over times reduced as fermentation progressed to allow ideal extraction and maintain balance. On completion of fermentation on skins, the wines were gently basket pressed and allowed to settle for 24 hours. The wines were then transferred into a combination of French and American oak for 18 months\' maturation prior to bottling.
The 2010 Meshach is inky red/black in colour with incredible intensity and depth which is a signature of this super premium Barossa Shiraz. The bouquet is truly distinctive; aromas of fine dark chocolate, blood plums, blackberries and polished English leather are accented with notes of liquorice, cloves, black tea leaves and forest moss. The palate is textural and richly flavoured, where sweet dark berry fruits are perfectly complemented by intense savoury spices and subtle yet complex earthy characters. The oak profile, while discernible, plays a supporting role to the powerful fruit characters while adding sweetness, spice and complexity to the palate. The tannins which run the length and breadth of the palate are structured yet supple, a perfect integration of oak and fruit derived tannins that create a seamless yet powerful foundation to give the wine exceptional length and structure. A truly distinctive Meshach from an outstanding vintage will ensure this wine is still drinking well with the best Australia has to offer well into the next decade.
Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz