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2013 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

The Fruit:

A portion of this fruit comes from a vineyard of the same name which was planted between 1971 and 1975 in a fertile area between Lyndoch and Williamstown. The remaining fruit was sourced from other premium vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valley’s. Cameron Vale was the name of Grant’s mother’s ancestor’s home in England. The 2013 vintage in the Barossa saw a cool winter with rainfall well below average followed by a dry spring leading to a smaller than normal fruit set and berry size. Although crops were much lower than normal the resulting wines have great colour and impressive structure resulting in very high quality wines.

The Winemaking:

After crushing and de-stemming, the juice was fermented on skins for 8 to 10 days, with selected parcels of the Eden Valley fruit remaining on skins for up to 30 days post fermentation. This process has allowed maximum flavour and tannin extraction and added structure and texture to this wine. Post fermentation, parcels of the wine was transferred to French oak for 20 months maturation.

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2013 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

The Comments:

The 2013 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon is a true reflection of the vintage conditions. Aromas of pure blackcurrant dominate on the nose, with underlying mulberry and blackberry and hints of licorice and spice. The palate is typical cabernet with bold, chalky tannins as the backbone, combined with rich black fruit flavours complemented by complex cedar notes that persist on the finish. This is a masculine style of Cabernet, bold in every way! Although drinking well now, with careful cellaring this wine will develop further for 10 plus years. The rich, complex and supple characters of this wine are a delicious match to roast leg of lamb, lamb chops or braised beef.

awards and reviews

2013 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

THE AWARDS & REVIEWS:

  • 2013 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Bronze | 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
  • 2012 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Gold | 2014 Wine Showcase Magazine
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    • Silver | 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2014 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Graeme Phillips | Oct 2014
      Graeme PhillipsMercury Hobart

      Very much in the full-bodied and generously fruited Grant Burge/Barossa style with stacks of ripe plum and blackberry flavours and dusty/earthy tannins on a rich, smoothly textured, nicely balanced and long-finishing palate that would go a treat with a roast, herb-stuffed shoulder of lamb or a steak and kidney pie.

    • Silver | 2015 International Wine Challenge
    • Bronze | 2015 National Wine Show
    • Silver | 2015 Queensland Wine Show
  • 2011 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 93 Points – 2013 Wine Showcase Magazine Regional Showcase
      2013 Wine Showcase Magazine Regional Showcase
    • Bronze | 2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2013 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Winestate Magazine Apr 2014
      Winestate Magazine - Apr 2014

      Big warm generous style with nice mix of choc-mint and black cherry characters

  • 2010 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 94 Points | James Halliday
      James Hallidaytasted Feb 2012

      Bright crimson-purple; a particularly good example of Barossa cabernet sauvignon, with cassis and redcurrant fruit making the initial impact on the bouquet and palate, followed by plum and cedary oak interspersed with fine, ripe tannins; the overall harmony and balance cannot be faulted.

    • 91 Points – Mike Frost
      Mike FrostCourier Mail, March 2012

      This richly flavoured red shows there's more to the Barossa than shiraz. There's blackcurrant and cassis fruit on the nose and palate, with integrated French oak and fine tannin finish. Try it over the next five years or more with grilled lamb cutlets or barbecued lamb rump.

    • Bronze – 2012 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2013 Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2012 Perth Wine Show
    • John Fordham
      John FordhamSunday Telegraph, March 2012

      From highly-rated Barossa Valley vineyard comes this elegant drop.

    • Kerry Skinner
      Kerry Skinner Illawarra Mercury, March 2012

      Cool-climate cabernet at its best and one of four new reds including the Hillcot Merlot, Daly Road Shiraz Mourvedre and the Miamba Shiraz from the Burge stables. Dark and brooding, layers of plum and black fruit meld perfectly with the French oak, spice and chocolate characters, velvet smooth tannins and length to burn. Drink with herb-crusted leg of lamb.

    • Michael Southern
      Michael SouthernPittwater Life, March 2012

      The Cameron Vale cabernet sauvignon produced Grant's Jimmy Watson trophy - winning Barossa Cabernet released under the Krondorf label in 1980. Look for generous dark fruit flavours and an elegant palate. Will cellar for some time.

    • Vintages | Canada | May 2012
      Vintages, Canada, May 2012

      Dark fruit, black currant, vanillan and oak aromas. On the palate there is lots of cassis and blackcurrant in this medium-bodied wine. Evident tannins will reward ageing. Very good Cab Sauv.

    • Winsor Dobbin
      Winsor DobbinThe Grape Hunter, March 2012

      Barossa Cabernet sauvignon is often overlooked in favour of the region's punch shirazes, but it is cabernet that often offers better value - and sometimes better drinking. We enjoyed this wine over three days, and it improved daily, as it opened up. It's a classic Burge red with rich black berry and cassis fruit notes, a good whack of well-integrated French oak. And some minty undertones. It was very versatile, food friendly and easy to drink. A generous wine.

  • 2009 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Gold – 2011 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2011 International Wine & Spirits Competition
    • Bronze – 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Bronze – 2011 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2011 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Comp
    • Other (Top 100 SA Wine) – 2011 The Adelaide Review Hot 100
    • Other (5 Stars) – Fiona Beckett
      Fiona BeckettWhatFoodWhatWine.com 2012

      Matched with Rump Steak & fries. Pepper with capsicum notes smooth and ripe sweet fruit that fills the mouth enhancing the sweet/savoury combination of the steak and chips. In turn the firm red meat highlights the complexity of the wine. A true gem of a match.

    • Out & About
      Out & AboutJetstar Magazine, August 2011

      …is inky with vibrant purple hues, lots of dark fruit flavours with a hint of bitter chocolate and smooth tannins. Great with steak and mushroom sauce.

    • Winestate Magazine April 2011
      Winestate Magazine April 2011

      Lovely depth of sweet varietal fruit and spicy oak that is seamlessly integrated and supported by some drying tannins.

  • 2008 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 90 Points | James Halliday
      James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2012

      Good colour; a typical Barossa Valley cabernet from a very warm vintage, with plum, blackberry, fruitcake and mocha on the medium-bodied palate, French oak and ripe tannins also contributing.

    • Gold – 2010 New Zealand International Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2010 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
      Lisa Perrotti-Brown MWeRobertParker.com Oct 2010

      The 2008 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon has a very deep garnet-purple colour and fragrant mint and eucalyptus aromas over warm cassis, plus some cardamom. The acid on this full bodied wine is very high, cutting through the warm berried, juicy fruit with firm fine tannins and a long finish.

    • Ray Jordan
      Ray JordanJune 2010

      Displays good varietal fruit with its blackcurrant and earthy black olive characters. A slick and stylish cabernet packing some firepower.

  • 2007 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Bronze – 2010 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2009 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2009 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2009 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Kate Kriven
      Kate KrivenNational Liquor News June 2010

      Blackberry dominates with good quality fruit.

    • Mike Bennie
      Mike BennieNational Liquor News June 2010

      Palate shows some mocha complexity and great, persistent length.

  • 2006 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 92 Points – Natalie Maclean
      Natalie MacleanNatDecants.com - March 2009

      A remarkable value and quality for this price. Concentrated flavour and plush texture and complex layers of black fruit and smoke. Long finish. An excellent producer you can trust. Food matches: beef casseroles and stews, chateaubriand, cheeseburgers, beef stroganoff.

    • Silver – 2007 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Silver – 2009 International Wine Challenge
    • Silver – 2008 Canberra Regional Wine Show
    • Silver – 2008 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2009 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2009 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 Hobart International Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Other (commended) – 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • James Halliday
      James Halliday2010 Australian Wine Companion

      Clear red-purple; has attractive juicy cassis/blackcurrant fruit on the mid-palate, but doesn't kick on through to the finish

    • Winestate | January 2009
      Winestate - January 2009

      Tarry and earthy on the nose, some sweet fruit lurking. Oak-driven palate with lovely flavour profile

    • Winestate | June 2009
      Winestate - June 2009

      Smells like sour cherries with hints of tomato leaf. Very earthy/savoury palate with peaty/ tarry flavours.

  • 2005 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Trophy – 2007 Hobart Wine Show
    • 93 Points – James Halliday
      James Halliday2009 Australian Wine Companion

      Some herbal overlays to aromas; medium-full bodied; strides confidently towards serious blackcurrant fruit and fine tannins. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    • 90 Points – Jeremy Oliver
      Jeremy Oliver2009 The Australian Wine Annual

      Best Australian Wines $20 and Under. Sumptuously ripened, vibrant, and evenly balanced, this slightly minty Barossa Cabernet delivers a comfiture-like expression of sweet red berries, plums, cherries and cassis with restrained oak influences and fine chassis of drying tannin. It's rich, juicy and very approachable, finishing with plenty of length and a suggestion of menthol.

    • Gold – 2007 Hobart Wine Show
    • Silver – 2006 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2008 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 Canberra Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2006 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Other (Highly Recommended) | Winewise | April 2009
      Winewise - April 2009

      HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A fresh, ripe, substantial red, but it still shows cabernet varietal character. It's about as big as cabernet can be allowed to get before it looses varietal character. The firm but fine tannins match the fruit well.
      Excellent Value

    • Other (4.5 Stars) – Winestate Magazine, Australia, Aug 2008
      Winestate Magazine, Australia, Aug 2008

      A big, chewy and stylish cabernet with a vibrant colour and intense menthol and cedar-like aromas that lift out the glass. The leathery-like palate is filled with flavours of currants and cedar box.

    • WineStar Journal November 2008
      WineStar Journal November 2008

      The Grant Burge Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 version is a beauty and has a number of plus marks. It shares similarities with the 2004 in that it is a pure Cabernet with luscious dark fruits and the merest hint of leaf – perfect in fact – particularly for my palate which tends to reject anything remotely under ripe. If anything this vintage is more attractive in its youth with luscious sweet fruit characters, a hallmark of a quality Barossa vintage. Again very well balanced it will drink well throughout the next decade and that is being conservative. I am more than happy to drink it now while most of my Coonawarra Cabs are resting.
      Once again, it falls easily into the ‘Excellent’ zone.

  • 2004 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 95 Points – James Halliday
      James Halliday2008 Australian Wine Companion

      Exceptional colour; delicious but serious cabernet, blackcurrant and cassis offset by savoury tannins and quality French oak. Admiral control of alcohol.
      OUTSTANDING

    • 90 Points – Jeremy Oliver
      Jeremy Oliver2008 Australian Wine Annual

      A deep palate-staining cabernet whose fresh, minty aromas of cassis, dark plums, violets and cedar/vanilla oak precede a juicy but still rather closed and youthful palate that just hints at its latent depth of vibrant, dark-fruited flavour. Finely balanced and framed by firm-ish, drying tannin; it’s surprisingly elegant and measured…

    • 90 Points – Natalie MacLean
      Natalie MacLeanNatDecants.com, Mar 2008

      A full-bodied red with notes of black plums and cassis. Grant Burge Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: steak.

    • Gold – 2006 Winpac Hong Kong Wine Challenge
    • Silver – 2007 Perth Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2006 National Wine Show Canberra
    • Bronze – 2007 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 New Zealand International Wine Show
    • Other (2nd Place) | Winies Wine Magazine -SOUTH KOREA - April 2009
      Winies Wine Magazine -SOUTH KOREA - April 2009

      Best Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia & Victoria

      - 4 judges chose this wine as their best, with highly concentrated red fruit flavours, silky tannins- excellent structure and balance

  • 2003 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 91 Points – Natalie MacLean
      Natalie MacLeanNatDecants.com, June 2007

      This terrific Cabernet is sourced from the 30+ year-old vines of Grant Burge’s Cameron Vale vineyard. The maturity of the vines is evident in this intensely flavored wine. It has complex layers of dark berries, cassis, earth, chocolate and mint notes. Aged in French oak (35% new), it’s an excellent value from one of the Barossa’s top producers. My note: A delicious, juicy, lip-smacking full-bodied wine. Grant Burge Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roasted lamb, steak.

    • Silver – 2004 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2006 New Zealand Liquorland Top 100
    • Bronze – 2005 Canberra Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2006 Korea Wine Challenge
    • Bronze – 2006 New Zealand International Wine Show
  • 2002 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 91 Points – James Halliday
      James HallidayWine Companion 2006

      Clean, sweet cassis and black fruits with neatly juxtaposed fruit, oak and tannins; medium-bodied, good length.

    • Silver – 2004 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2005 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2005 Canberra Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Other (4 Stars) – Restaurant Wine, USA. 2005
      Restaurant Wine, USA. 2005

      A full bodied, supple, fairly rich Cabernet, with good balance and length. It tastes of loganberry, plum, eucalyptus, pepper, and oak. Great Value.

    • Wine Enthusiast April 2006
      Wine Enthusiast April 2006

      Grant Burge 2002 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Has aromas of crisp fruit, cola and bramble. On the palate the wine's plum and earth flavours are more restrained than rambunctious. An elegant style with fine, tea-like tannins on the finish.

  • 2001 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Silver – 2003 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Royal Queensland Show
    • Mike Burnett
      Mike BurnettThe Examiner, 16 April 2003

      The small amount (petit verdot) adds a terrific black-purple centre to the wine, fills out the palate and tightens up the structure without losing the cabernet’s softness and approachability.
      Getting down to the palate, there are generous berry fruit flavours that are enhanced by mint and chocolate hints. Cherry oak provides support to the fruit.

    • Robert Mayne
      Robert MayneThe Canberra Times, April 2003

      This is a red wine with plenty of fruit, nice oak and tannins which could be cellared for up to 10 years.

  • 2000 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Bronze – 2002 Perth Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Other (4.5 Stars) – Winestate Magazine March 2002
      Winestate Magazine March 2002

      A good cabernet nose of plum fruit with a sweet pencil oak lift. Lovely density to the seamless palate. Gentle tannins carry the fruit underneath. Nice and long with good mouth feel.

    • Other (4 Stars) – Winestate Magazine May/June 2002
      Winestate Magazine May/June 2002

      Rich oak dominates the nose, but there are some high quality blackcurrant and herbal notes coming through. The palate has good depth of flavour and is balanced by fine-grained tannins. Again the oak is upfront, but this will develop into an integrated and complex wine.

    • Graeme Phillips
      Graeme PhillipsSunday Tasmanian March 2002

      Barossan fruit, a passionate Barossan winemaker and a typically rich, sweet, warm and full-bodied Barossan cabernet but this one with a lot more tannin grip and better structured and balanced than most. Put it a way for a few years and it’ll be even better.

  • 1999 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Silver – 2002 San Francisco Wine Competition
  • 1996 Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Bronze – 2002 Winpac, Hong Kong Wine Challenge

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