Grant Burge 20 Yr Old Tawny – Named Best In World At Decanter World Wine Awards

Grant Burge has again conquered the world of wine, last night winning the International Trophy for the Best Sweet Fortified Wine at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London for a record fourth time.

Sweeping aside all of the international competition, Grant Burge wines from the Barossa Valley in Australia can now lay claim to being the heartland of fortified wine production – not the Douro Valley in Portugal.

Since its inception in 2004 Grant Burge has now won this prestigious and highly coveted fortified trophy four times. No other winery has ever even held the award twice and this title firmly establishes Grant Burge wines as the ‘King of Fortified’ wines internationally.

The International Trophy was given to the Grant Burge 20 Year Old Tawny for the Sweet Fortified over £10 category, also awarded in 2004, 2007 and 2010 along with a string of gold medals and regional trophies.

Grant Burge says the long tradition of Australian wine fortification has always been an integral part of his family business and will continue to be a driving force for many years to come.

“I remember from an early age my grandfather making port, it’s something close to my heart that I associate with my family heritage. To receive acknowledgment for something I love doing is magnificent,” Grant said.

“This is the seventeenth award we’ve received for our fortifieds since the awards started back in 2004. And it’s not just good for us, to see the Barossa recognised internationally for fortifieds is pretty special – I hope we’ll see more of this for years to come.”

“We’ll be definitely celebrating with a little tipple of 20 Year Old Tawny in the Barossa today.”

Decanter rated the 20 Year Old Tawny 5 stars, with the following notes: Oranges and walnut polish on a sweet, fresh tawny port style. Nutty and raisiny with tea leaf, tiramasu, almonds and barrel-aged complexity to seamless, intense fruitiness. A great example of Australian fortified wine.

The world’s single biggest wine competition, the Decanter World Wine Awards receives more than 14,120 entries from 47 wine producing countries.

About Decanter World Wine Awards

Decanter organises the annual Decanter World Wine Awards, which have gained a reputation as one of the world’s most respected and influential wine competitions since their inception in 2004. An expert panel of tasters from around the world judge wines on a regional basis reflecting variety, style and retail price. The Awards are one of the most important competitions in the UK wine trade.

Decanter magazine is published in over 90 countries on a monthly basis and includes wine and spirits industry news, vintage guides and wine recommendations.

Jame’s Halliday 2013 Wine Companion

Grant Burge Wines has maintained its hard won premium red star rating for the fifth year in a row in James Halliday’s 2013 Australian Wine Companion and in a departure from tradition, its star wine in 2012-2013 is a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Despite the company’s reputation for super-premium Barossa Shiraz such as Meshach and Filsell, the stand out Grant Burge Wine to Halliday was the 2009 Corryton Park Cabernet Sauvignon, which received a score of 96 points and was ranked in Halliday’s Best Cabernet Sauvignons for 2013.

Grant said it’s a welcome acknowledgement of the developmental work over the last decade to bring the company’s high altitude Corryton Park vineyard to life and create a new line of Bordeaux style premium wines from the Barossa.

Halliday also placed four Grant Burge wines as Special Value Wines for 2013, including the 2010 Barossa Shiraz, 2010 Hillcot Merlot, 2010 Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and 2010 Daly Road Shiraz Mourvèdre.

“This is a great recognition of that fact that we over-deliver with great value wines,” Grant said. “This is just as important to consumers as producing wines for the top end.”

Never one to rest on his laurels, Grant Burge says there’s no rest for the wicked.

“These results are brilliant, but it’s important not to get complacent,” he said.

“An accolade like this comes from a commitment to continuous improvement. In this industry, you just can’t accept that the wine you made last year will do. There’s some pretty hefty competition out there and so every year we need to up the ante.”

Grant’s desire to always want to stretch the envelope resonates across the entire company – through winemaking, marketing and even distribution.

This year alone, Grant launched a new range of wines 5th Generation, his own wine distribution company Vignerons of the World and was the first Australian winery to launch his own smartphone app. (

With no sign of slowing down any time soon, Grant quips:

“If you stop still, you go backwards.”

James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion is the No.1 bestselling guide to wineries and wine in Australia.

The ratings are as follows:

2009 Corryton Park Cabernet Sauvignon – 96 points, best Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Filsell Shiraz – 94 points
2008 The Holy Trinity (Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvèdre) – 94 points
2010 Miamba Shiraz – 94 points
2010 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 points
2008 Abednego (Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvèdre) – 92 points
2008 Balthasar Shiraz – 94 points
2010 Daly Road Shiraz Mourvèdre – 91 points
2011 Summers Chardonnay – 91 points
2010 Hillcot Merlot – 90 points
2010 Barossa Shiraz – 90 points
2010 Barossa Cabernet Merlot – 90 points

94+ = outstanding
90-93 = highly recommended
87-89 = recommended

Fifth Decanter Trophy For King Of Fortifieds

Grant Burge received global acclaim last night at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London with his 20 Year Old Tawny taking out the Regional Trophy ‘Best in Show’ for the fifth time in the award’s history.

An outstanding achievement making it sixteen individual awards in total that have now been awarded to Grant’s fortified wines since this prestigious competition began in 2004.

The ‘King of the Fortifieds’ was beaming from ear to ear about this latest accolade.

“Our 20 Year Old Tawny has always done very well at the Decanter World Wine Awards. We saw Gold Medal wins in 2006 and 2009, and the International Trophy in 2004, 2007 and 2010.

“If we’re lucky enough to pick up the International Trophy again later this year, that’ll be the fourth time,” Grant said.

“There’s a lot of love that goes into making our fortifieds, and to receive credit for our efforts again is fantastic. We couldn’t be happier.”

“It’s always been a time-honoured tradition in the Burge family to share a port together. Now we’re noticing its popularity increase amongst today’s food and wine savvy generation – it’s pretty exciting to see it embraced by a broader demographic.”

The world’s single biggest wine competition, the Decanter World Wine Awards receives more than 10,000 entries from 50 wine producing countries.

About Decanter World Wine Awards

Decanter magazine is published in over 90 countries on a monthly basis and includes wine and spirits industry news, vintage guides and wine recommendations. Decanter organises the annual Decanter World Wine Awards, which have gained a reputation as one of the world’s most respected and influential wine competitions since their inception in 2004. An expert panel of tasters from around the world judge wines on a regional basis reflecting variety, style and retail price. The Awards are one of the most important competitions in the UK wine trade.

Grant Burge Sparkles with Design Award Bling

Grant Burge Wines dazzled design critics tonight, taking home a gold medal and trophy at Australia’s Wine Industry Design Competition for their Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay’s resplendent appearance.

A golden favourite, Grant Burge’s Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV ranks second in the over $20.00 Australian sparkling wine category.

“We’ve won several winemaking awards over the years, but it’s a real coup to receive acknowledgement for our commitment to innovative packaging and design. Helen and I are very passionate about branding and packaging so we’re proud to be recognised for not only what’s on the inside but also by what is on the outside, particularly by our industry peers,” said Grant.

The highly recognisable label was a collaborative effort from Helen Burge and Fiona Bavage and was designed ten years ago.

Run by The Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers, the awards are one of the industry’s premier events and recognise outstanding label design in the Australian wine market.

With over 200 entries into the competition, Grant Burge Wines Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV took home a Trophy and Gold Medal in the Open Class White Wine category.

What did the judges have to say?

Here we have a traditional, quality look-and-feel with a bottle shape easily recognised in conjunction with the brand. Sparkling wine lovers will be drawn to this bottle. The bottle oozes quality with a perfectly formed foil capsule together with a high-end two-tone bronze effect at the neck. The personalised back label content is a nice touch. The utilisation of a high gloss finish and gold foil effects on the front label continues the old world traditional theme on the package. The label material and construction will be perfectly at home in a bucket of ice. A celebration wine!

2010 Filsell Caps Off – A decorated decade of distinction

Following a decade of wine show success, part of the 2010 Grant Burge Wines Filsell Old Vine Shiraz will be released under screw cap.

After a run of major trophy wins for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 vintages, and many years of trialling closures, Grant is pleased to be offering some of this wine of distinction under screw cap.

“We started trialling screw cap against the traditional cork closure as far back as 2002. The ‘exceptional’ 2010 vintage made the decision to trial the screw cap closure in some markets much easier”, Grant said.

“After the dry vintages of 2007, 2008 and 2009, the 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,” he said.

“The 2009 vintage sold out in less than a year and given that the other wines released from 2010 have proven to be outstanding, we believe this Filsell will follow suit.”

Grant said the 2010 Filsell Shiraz has an incredible depth of colour, with vibrant purple hues accentuating the deep, dark red. The nose displays a rare purity of fruit, with ripe blackberries and blackcurrants infused with lifted perfumes and rich vanilla and milk chocolate notes. The palate is beautifully weighted, with optimal balance between concentrated fruit flavours, sweet spices, tannins and acidity.

The Filsell Vineyard has a unique place in the history of the Barossa Valley and Grant Burge Wines. Today, its Shiraz vines are over 90 years old and make up one of the largest patches of historical varietal fruit in the Barossa Valley.

“This is a very special piece of Barossa history: an old vineyard, planted in the traditional style, and still bearing exceptional quality fruit. It is one of the few significant survivors of the vine pull scheme of the early 1980s,” Grant said.

“We are lucky to have this patch. Year after year the quality of the fruit from the Filsell Vineyard is exceptional. It’s crammed with character which is imparted into the wine that flows from this magnificent old block of Shiraz”.

“Filsell’s development hasn’t happened overnight, but with our success on the wine show circuit and an increased consumer demand we feel like we are entering a new era – and with that comes the need to evolve and utilise all of the technology we have at our disposal to ensure the wine is delivered to the customer exactly as I intend.”
A Decorated Decade for Filsell

2009 Filsell – Trophy for Best Shiraz at the 2011 Intercontinental Advertiser SA Wine of the Year Awards

2008 Filsell – Trophy for Best Shiraz at the 2010 Perth Royal Wine Show

2007 Filsell – Trophy for Best Shiraz in the 2009 Winestate Wine of the Year Awards

2006 Filsell – Silver at the London International Wine Challenge

2005 Filsell – Trophy for Best Shiraz at the 2007 New Zealand International Wine Show

2004 Filsell – Gold at the 2006 Visy Shiraz Challenge, 2006 Royal Queensland Wine Show, 2006 New Zealand Liquor land Top 100, 2006 Mundus Vini Germany and 2007 Korea Wine Challenge

2003 Filsell – Grand Prix D’Excellence Red Wine of the Year – Hamburger Wein Salon 2006

2002 Filsell – Gold at the 2004 Perth Royal Wine Show

2001 Filsell – Gold at the 2003 San Francisco Wine Competition and the 2003 NZ Liquorland Wine Competition

2000 Filsell – Gold at the 2002 Royal Sydney Wine Show, 2002 San Francisco Wine Competition and the 2002 Barossa Wine Show