• Fortified-20-Year-Old-Tawny

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Fortified Wines | 20 Year Old Tawny

Grant is very fond of his fortifieds, and as a world winner of best fortified (3 times over) he knows his stuff.

wine notes

20 Year Old Tawny

The Fruit:

This exceptional mature tawny is made from the Barossa's traditional tawny varieties - grenache, mataro and shiraz - and has been blended to an average age of 20 years.

The Winemaking:

A solera-based system is used, enabling us to consistently release wines of high quality. A limited quantity of 20 Year Old Tawny is drawn for bottling each year and the barrels topped up with selected younger wine.

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20 Year Old Tawny

The Comments:

The Grant Burge 20 Year Old Tawny is a rich, mature wine showing deep tawny colour, complex rancio characters on the bouquet and excellent integration of spirit. The palate is sweet and mellow but finishes quite dry and shows a harmonious balance of developed fruit characters and oak tannins.

awards and reviews

20 Year Old Tawny

THE AWARDS & REVIEWS:

  • Trophy | 2014 Sydney Royal Wine Show

    The Harry Davies Memorial Perpetual Trophy - Donated by the late Mrs D C Davies, awarded to the Exhibitor of the best Port.

  • Trophy – 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Trophy – 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Trophy – 2007 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Trophy – 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Trophy – 2004 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Trophy – 2006 International Wine Challenge London
  • Trophy – 2013 Brisbane Wine Show
    The CSG Print Services Trophy

    For the best Gold medal winning Sweet Dessert Tawny of Show in Classes 47 to 50 and 77 to 80.

  • Trophy – 2005 Barossa Wine Show
  • Trophy – 2006 Barossa Wine Show
  • Trophy – 2007 Barossa Wine Show
  • Trophy – 2012 Sydney Royal Wine Show
  • Trophy – 2008 International Wine Challenge
  • 96 Points – Nick Stock
    Nick StockJuly 2011 **Also listed in "Wines of the Year 2011" in the February 2012 edition of WBM**

    This is a stunningly rendered Australian tawny style with plenty of grilled nuts and woody spices. The palate carries concentration, launching spiced dried fruit flavours with impressive length and balance.

  • 95 Points | James Halliday
    James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2012

    Obvious age in the tawny-gold colour, and in the complex, biscuity Christmas cake palate that has excellent line, length and balance.

  • 95 Points – Huon Hooke
    Huon Hooke March 2011

    Indulge yourself. A beautiful old tawny port with great mellowness from extensive age. It has a brick-red tawny colour with yellow edges and a bouquet of rancio with a sherry-like high note and a whiff of old leather. Rich, endlessly complex flavour, smooth and lingering with a clean finish relatively low sweetness.

  • 92 Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MWWine Advocate, USA, Dec 2010

    NV 20 YO Tawny is a ‘twenty year old’ Port style fortified made from a blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz grapes matured using a solera system. Pale brown in colour, it provides spicy, walnut and raisin cake aromas with some treacle. Very crisp, rich, sweet and spicy on the palate, it gives a very long nutty finish.

  • 92 Points | Parker Points
  • Gold | 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
  • Gold | 2014 Australian Fortified Wine Show

    Top Gold

  • Gold – 2011 Canberra National Wine Show
  • Gold – 2010 Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Gold – 2006 Hobart Wine Show
  • Gold – 2004 Hobart Wine Show
  • Gold – 2004 Brisbane Wine Show
  • Gold – 2005 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Gold – 2013 Brisbane Wine Show
  • Gold – 2012 Royal Queensland Wine Show
  • Gold – 2007 Perth Wine Show
  • Gold – 2005 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Gold – 2002 Adelaide Wine Show
  • Gold – 2001 Adelaide Wine Show
  • Gold – 2009 Royal Sydney Wine Show
  • Gold – 2006 Barossa Wine Show
  • Gold – 2005 Barossa Wine Show
  • Gold – 2004 Barossa Wine Show
  • Gold – 2001 Royal Sydney Wine Show
  • Gold – 2007 Sydney International Wine Competition
  • Gold – 2006 Hyatt Advertiser SA Wine of the Year
  • Gold – 2013 Australian Fortified Wine Show
  • Gold | 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards

    A richly textured wine with a fabulous espresso coffee character. The palate has a wonderfully complex array of aromas and flavours with barley sugar, orange zest and walnuts. Very intense with a fantastic harmony and very long and enduring rancio finish.

  • Gold | 2014 Sydney Royal Wine Show

    Went on to win the trophy

  • Gold | 2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Gold – 2013 Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Gold – 2012 Adelaide Wine Show
  • Gold – 2011 Hobart Wine Show
  • Gold – 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Gold – 2009 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Gold – 2008 International Wine Challenge
  • Gold – 2008 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Gold – 2007 Barossa Wine Show
  • Gold – 2006 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Gold – 2006 International Wine Challenge London
  • Gold – 2004 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Silver – 2000 Barossa Wine Show
  • Silver – 2003 Hobart Wine Show
  • Silver – 2000 Canberra Wine Show
  • Silver – 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Silver – 2004 Canberra Wine Show
  • Silver – 2000 Hobart Wine Show
  • Silver – 2000 Adelaide Wine Show
  • Silver – 2004 Adelaide Wine Show
  • Silver – 2003 Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Silver – 2006 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Silver – 2006 Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show
  • Silver – 2006 Royal Queensland Wine Show
  • Silver – 2007 Adelaide Wine Show
  • Silver – 2006 Adelaide Wine Show
  • Silver – 2001 Barossa Wine Show
  • Silver – 2004 Royal Sydney Wine Show
  • Silver – 2002 Royal Sydney Wine Show
  • Silver – 2009 Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Silver – 2012 Hobart Wine Show
    2012 Hobart Wine Show
  • Silver | 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Silver | 2014 Royal Queensland Wine Show
  • Silver | 2013 Fortified Masters - The Drinks Business UK
    2013 Fortified Masters - The Drinks Business UK
  • Silver – 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Silver – 2013 International Wine Challenge UK
  • Silver – 2011 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Silver – 2010 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Silver – 2009 International Wine Challenge
  • Silver – 2009 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
  • Silver – 2008 Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Silver – 2005 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Silver – 2003 Royal Queensland Show
  • Bronze – 2002 Canberra Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2002 Hobart Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2001 Canberra Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2001 Hobart Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2007 Canberra Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2007 Brisbane Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2003 Canberra Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2005 Canberra Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2006 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2006 National Wine Show Canberra
  • Bronze – 2002 Perth Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2000 Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2004 Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2003 Adelaide Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2005 Brisbane Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2002 Barossa Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2003 Royal Sydney Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2012 Perth Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2011 Adelaide Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2010 Adelaide Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2009 Hobart Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2009 Royal Queensland Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2008 Hobart International Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2008 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2007 International Wine Challenge
  • Bronze – 2004 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
  • Bronze – 2003 Barossa Wine Show
  • Other (commended) – 2008 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Other (5 Stars) – Tony Love
    Tony LoveTaste - Advertiser Adelaide, Nov 2012

    By one of the most dedicated fortified producers in the Valley who's able to plunge into old stocks of grenache, shiraz and mataro that taste anything but old. Bright fragrant, superbly tense with fruit, oak and acidity of captivating weight and style.

  • 5 Stars | Winestate Magazine
    Winestate Magazine - Jun 2014

    Some lovely wood age intensity here with excellent age fruit expression.  Smells of burnt sugar and has a lovely concentration of dark chocolate and spicy flavours.

  • Matthew Jukes
    Matthew Jukes100 Best Australian Wines 2013

    It has taken ten years to find the right Tawny for this list and it has now arrived. Chez Jukes we drink a fair quota of Tawny Port and so we know a thing or two about this style and also those ‘Johnny Foreigner’ imposter wines, too. With this in mind, I can assure you that this wine measures up to the mark and dare I say it exceeds it with its bramble, toffee, mocha, fig and burnt treacle notes. It is gloriously over the top and also brilliantly balanced and it just goes to show that those clever Aussie dynasties, inspired by the Portuguese, have come up with not just copies of their wines but improvements in many cases and this wine is just that.

  • Nick Stock
    Nick StockGood Wine Guide 2012

    This amber-coloured elixir carries impressive complexity and power: plenty of rancio grilled nuts and woody spices, cedary elements, dried figs, caramel and burnt toffee - smells of age and luxury. The palate carries impressive attack and punch, launching spiced dried-fruit-peel and dried-orange flavours along with impressive finesse and poise. Terrific length and balance.

  • Ralph Kyte-Powell
    Ralph Kyte-PowellThe Age Melbourne, Jul 2012

    The sales of Australian tawny port styles have been in the doldrums for years, but some producers keep the faith. This complex old Barossa blend is a gorgeous, intense essence. Aromas of nuts, dried fruits, shortbread and burnt toffee lead through a focused palate of superb finesse and length of flavour.

  • Ross Noble
    Ross Noble'Gourmet' Courier Jul 2012

    Deep tawny, the wine has rancio characters along with spirit while the palate presents sweet fruit mellow with age and in harmony with well integrated tannins. A benchmark wine.

  • Decanter Anoints Top Port | Grapegrowers & Vignerons May 2010
    Decanter Anoints Top Port - Grapegrowers & Vignerons May 2010

    Grant Burge has twice produced the world's best fortified wine, and he is the first winemaker outside of Portugal ever to do so. The Grant Burge 20 year old Tawny port was awarded the prestigious Decanter International Trophy in 2005 and 2007, topping it's competitors from Southern Europe - traditionally known as home of the world's finest fortified wines. Thinking the odds were stacked against him, Grant never expected to win the award. "Topping the world rankings for a fortified wine is an incredible accolade - especially when traditionalists have long contended the finest fortified wines come from the northern hemisphere," he said. "Australia is not particularly known for its fortified wines, but when people try our tawny port, they certainly fall in love with it."
    Grant inherited family fortified wines dating back 50 years, and has since built on that base to produce the best in the world. Despite initial financial pressure to sell the wines, Grant says he couldn't throw away such a legacy. Instead, he got serious about fortified winemaking, developing his own bottle and label, and travelling to Portugal to learn more about the industry.
    Fortified winemaking makes up less than 10per cent of the business at Grant Burge Wines - but the focus is on quality, not quantity. "We only have five fortified wines, but we really set about making them into world-class wines." Grant said

  • Decanter Magazine. October 2010
    Decanter Magazine. October 2010

    International Sweet Fortified: Over E10 Trophy

    "Fantastic, tangy rancio nose and superb concentration. Rich - very rich - but all in balance, with voluptuous sweetness, exquisite poise and a very long finish.

  • Grapegrowers & Vignerons | May 2010
    Grapegrowers & Vignerons - May 2010

    Decanter anoints top port… GRANT Burge has twice produced the world's best fortified wine, and he is the first winemaker outside of Portugal ever to do so.
    The Grant Burge 20-year-old Tawny Port (pictured) was awarded the prestigious Decanter International Trophy in 2005 and 2007, topping its competitors from southern Europe - traditionally known as home of the world's finest fortified wines.
    Thinking the odds were stacked against him, Grant never expected to win the award.
    "Topping the world rankings for a fortified wine is an incredible
    accolade - especially when traditionalists have long contended
    the finest fortified wines come from the northern hemisphere," he said.
    "Australia is not particularly known for its fortified wines, but when people try our tawny port, they certainly fall in love with it."
    Grant inherited family fortified wines dating back 50 years, and has since built on that base to produce the best in the world.
    Despite initial financial pressure to sell the wines, Grant says he couldn't throw away such a legacy. Instead, he got serious about fortified winemaking, developing his own bottle and label, and travelling to Portugal to learn more about the industry.
    Fortified winemaking makes up less than 10 per cent of the business at Grant Burge Wines - but the focus is on quality, not quantity.
    "We only have five fortified wines, but we really set about making them into world-class wines." Grant said.

  • INDAILY Adelaides Online Daily Newspaper May 2010
    INDAILY Adelaides Online Daily Newspaper May 2010

    Grant Burge Wines is toasting is success after its 20 Year Old Tawny gained a gong at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London. The tawny won the Regional Trophy for the Best Australian fortified wine in show at the awards, which receive more than 10,000 entries from 50 countries.

  • Tony Love
    Tony LoveOctober 2010

    There is nothing more nerve-racking come dessert time than the arrival and cutting of the fondant - to see if the centre slowly oozes out. Dark chocolate is quite tricky to match, but this classic Barossan fortified is so intense, so redolent of lightly roasted nuts and fine brandy aromas - known in the old tawny world as "rancio" characters - it is as if it was created for this task alone. There are aged wood elements, dried fruit and peel, and it finishes drier than you'd imagine. And it was just named the finest fortified wine on the planet at the recent Decanter World Wine Awards.

  • Adelaide Advertiser, September 2006, Advertiser Hyatt SA Wine of the Year, Fortified winner 2006
    Adelaide Advertiser, September 2006, Advertiser Hyatt SA Wine of the Year, Fortified winner 2006

    Magnificent, brandied nose that sings of Chesterfields, cloves and smoking jackets. Richly rancio. Dark, spiced pudding and deeply roasted hazelnuts simmering over blazing coals. Fiery, alcoholic kick gives this fantastic definition. Wickedly sinful

  • Ben Canaider and Greg Duncan Powell
    Ben Canaider and Greg Duncan PowellGood Living, Sydney Morning Herald, June 2006

    Made from shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (otherwise known as Mourvedre), this Barossan tawny draws on its 20 year old solera system pedigree to the full. Older wine being drawn off, younger wine being added to keep the stockpot full, so to speak. Plenty of rancio, a smooth and unctuous palate and then a dry finish with the spirit well in control.

  • Winestate, May/June 2003
    Winestate, May/June 2003

    A lovely elegant wine. Excellent nose; nice heady spirit and fresh mocha aromas. Luscious, syrupy palate; long, spicy and warm.

  • Trophy | 2015 Barossa Wine Show

    Saury Trophy

  • Silver | 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
  • Gold | 2016 Royal Queensland Wine Show
  • Silver | 2015 Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition
  • Gold | 2015 Australian Fortified Wine Show
  • Silver | 2015 Hobart Wine Show
  • Gold | 2015 National Wine Show
  • Gold | 2015 Sydney Royal Wine Show
  • Gold |2015 Rutherglen Fortified Wine Show
  • Gold | 2015 Queensland Wine Show
  • Bronze | 2015 Melbourne Wine Show

tasting notes

20 Year Old Tawny

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