On Saturday, March 8, Grant Burge Wines 2004 Helene Grande Cuvee was awarded the Trophy for the Best Australian Sparkling Wine at the 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition.
It’s a dream, which started back in 2003 to make one of Australia’s most outstanding sparkling wines, which has finally come true for Grant Burge Wines. The Sydney win follows two top trophies at the 2013 Hobart Wine Show for Best Sparkling Wine and Best Tasmanian Sparkling Wine of the show, and adds to a swag of other medals and 90+ point reviews since the wine’s release last year.
“Winning at Sydney is a special honor,” Grant Burge said. “Knowing that our wines enhance and complement the consumer’s dining experience is very important to us. Our goal is to position Helene as the first choice on restaurant sparkling wine lists in Australia.” The Barossa winemaker has forged a stunning reputation for sparkling wine over the last 25 years, with his Grant Burge Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV frequently ranked as one of Australia’s top sellers.
“Despite the NVs success, over the years I’d always wanted to release a vintage sparkling wine, to showcase the distinctive fruit that we have here in Australia,” Grant said. “In 2003 I started sourcing cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from various locations around Australia, and it became clear that the Tasmanian parcels had the right acid/pH level, alcohol, varietal fruit definition and phenolics for a truly great vintage wine. “In 2004 the decision was made to set aside a small amount for extended bottle maturation — and so the Helene was born.
“It exceeded my expectations with its incredibly complex biscuity bouquet and elegant palate, finessed by a natural fresh linear acidity. The long finish is everything one looks for in a great vintage wine.” The prestigious Sydney International Wine Competition, now in its 34th year, is the only Australian show to judge wines with food.
The 2004 Helene Grande Cuvee, Vintage Tasmanian Sparkling is sourced from exceptional fruit, hand picked from the Pipers River region north east of Launceston. The 54% Pinot Noir and 46% Chardonnay blend was aged on lees for eight years in the bottle before disgorgement. The name Helene is named after the house that Grant’s wife Helen grew up in, on Cotswold Place, Moonah, Hobart. The story goes that Helen’s father wanted to name her after the house but her mother refused, thinking everyone would get the spelling wrong.