Grant Burge Wines is celebrating winning a gong at the 2011 Intercontinental Advertiser SA Wine of the Year Awards. The 2009 Filsell Barossa Old Vine Shiraz claimed the Best Shiraz Trophy, it’s first award since being recently released. The win comes on the back of the 2007 vintage being awarded Best Shiraz by Winestate Magazine in 2009, and the 2008 vintage winning Best Shiraz at the Perth Royal Wine Show last year. “Being judged against your regional and state peers is always the best test for your wines”, says Grant Burge. “We all make such fantastic Shiraz in South Australia; it’s an honour to see the Filsell come out above the rest. We have worked hard on the evolution of this wine towards a more elegant and refined style. This trophy proves we’re on the right track”. The 2009 Filsell Barossa Old Vine Shiraz is a refined and elegant wine, with depth of colour and vibrant aromas.
Grant Burge Wines is celebrating a major wine show win.
The Barossa winery’s 2009 Filsell Barossa Old Vine Shiraz has taken out the Best Shiraz Trophy at the 2011 Intercontinental Advertiser South Australian Wine of the Year Awards.
Grant Burge, from Grant Burge Wines, said the trophy had special significance for him and the team at the winery. “Being judged against your regional and state peers is always the best test for your wines,” he said.
“We all make such fantastic Shiraz in South Australia – it’s an honour to see the Filsell come out above the rest.”
Our first Food and Wine cruise departing from Fremantle sets sail on 27 August!
These cruises, currently departing from Sydney and Auckland, are designed to showcase the best of Australia and New Zealand’s fantastic local produce – via expert workshops, presentations and lots of scrumptious meals.
For a taste (pun intended, of course) of what a Food and Wine cruise involves, we chat to presenter Craig Stansborough, who has been the Chief Winemaker of Grant Burge Wines in the Barossa Valley for 10 years.
Here, he talks about his role as a winemaker (yes, it includes lots of sampling!) and provides some handy hints for first-time wine tasters!
What does your job as chief winemaker involve?
Like all professions there are many facets to being a Chief Winemaker. Guiding staff is certainly an important part of the role, as is determining wine styles. Logistics also play a big part, particularly at harvest – there’s vineyard assessment, and coordinating the picking and processing of the grapes, which are all very important as you only get one chance a year! The most enjoyable part for me is time we spend in the tasting room assessing, blending and looking at wines throughout their life. This is where you see the reward for all the hard work. I also do quite a bit of research at home, this involves drinking many different wines from around the world!
Three basic steps for how to taste a wine;
1. Temperature of the wine is important. As a guide, whites should be served at approximately 10 degrees Celsius and reds at 18. If wines are too cold the aromas are subdued and if they are too hot the alcohol tends to dominate.
2. When smelling the wine always stick your nose right in the glass and take a big sniff, you will simply get more smells.
3. Assess the taste by rolling the wine around in the mouth. It does help if you suck in some air, this releases more volatiles and enhance the enjoyment.
Wine tasting vocabulary
Aroma The smell of the wine;
Tannin; The stuff that dries the mouth out. This plays an important part of textural part of the wine and plays a role in the balance.
Acidity; Used to indicate the tartness of the wine. Important to give crispness in whites and aids with length of red wines.
Baume; This refers to the sugar level of the grape and is one of the determining factors in picking. Approximately 1 Baume equals 1 per cent alcohol.
Corked; The off flavour in wine derived from a defective cork. This sometimes smells like wet cardboard, mould, or at its worst the backyard swimming pool.
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Relatively new faces on the wine press block Patrick Haddock and Andrew Graham were recently involved in a Grant Burge family in the Barossa. It’s important for wineries to stay in touch with the old school like James Halliday and Max Allen, but it’s equally vital to embrace younger influences who are all over social media. Throw Mike Bennie into that group as well. They have good palates and energy to burn. Patrick Haddock – www.winingpom.com.au; Andrew Graham – www.ozwinereview.com; Mike Bennie – www.winefront.com.au
For the past two decades or so, Australia has been the driving force in the modernization of global wine marketing and the wine industry. But we are tired of beaches, cute critters and ‘dry’ wines that are actually sweet. As a result, a country that was once the world’s most popular in terms of wine production has fallen out of style. The Aussies, however, realise there is a problem and as a result, they are reinventing their wine industry. Overproduction is being controlled, high costs are being trimmed.
Homogeneity and a reliance on shiraz and chardonnay are now seen as disadvantages. Expect to see more wines from grapes that are more terroir-specific. And expect less acidification, less manipulation from winemakers, and more reliance on good grapes from distinct vineyards. Additionally, we will see more wines from cooler, relatively new regions like Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and Franklin River.
Treasury Wine Estates (formerly Foster’s Group) supplies Canada with about 50 percent of our wine from Australia; it recently changed its name as part of a major reorganisation to continue its growth in Canada. Indeed, Brand Australia – a major marketing campaign created by the Australian Government – is a powerful tool that was much envied by France and Italy; perhaps it was so strong, it became counterproductive. Consumers are now asking for more diversity, regionality and character to justify prices higher than emerging competitors.
Prominent Wine Regions In Australia:- Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Hunter Valley.
Australian Varieties/wine styles on the rise:- Terroir-specific wines, cooler-climate vineyards, grenache-shiraz-mourvedre blends.
Australian varieties/wine styles on the decline:- Country-wide blends, heavily oaked wines, full-bodied chardonnay.
Classic wine producers in Australia:- Penfolds-Exciting, consistent wines. Wolf Blass-High-quality wines at many price-points with some amazing values. Grant Burge Wines-The “master” of the Barossa owns many of the best vineyards in the Barossa Valley.
Up-and-coming wine producers in Australia:- De Bortoli Wines-A family-owned winery that produces high quality wines at great prices, many from uncommon varieties. Nugan Estate/Cookoothama-Long established as a major grape supplier, the company now produces its own wines of great price and quality. Robert Oatley Vineyards/Tic Tok-Robert Oatley, founder of Rosemount Estate, created this new label.