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2015 Filsell Shiraz

The Fruit:

Grant Burge’s Filsell vineyard with near century old vines is considered one of the best vineyards in the Barossa Valley and consistently produces fruit of great intensity and concentration. Planted in 1920, this vineyard also produces some of the fruit for Grant Burge Wines, flagship Shiraz, the highly acclaimed Meshach. Filsell is known to loyal followers as Meshach’s younger brother. The majority of the fruit for Filsell Shiraz comes from the vineyard of the same name. The 2015 vintage in the Barossa was interesting in that winter was generally cool with rainfall slightly above average. There was good sub-surface moisture leading up to budburst. After a short heatwave in January, followed by heavy rain in February, the remainder of the season was mild and dry, allowing picking to take place at optimal flavour ripeness. The 2015 season produced grapes with more manageable sugar levels than previous years, resulting in fruit driven full flavoured wines with moderate alcohol.

The Winemaking:

Different batches of fruit were crushed and fermented separately. Primary fermentation on skins occurred for approximately eight days, with a couple of small batches undergoing natural yeast fermentation in small open fermenters for a further week. The wine was pumped over three times a day and the skins were pressed gently before the free run and pressed wine was transferred to oak to finish fermentation. The wine was matured in a combination of new (30%), one, two and three year old (70%), French (46%) and American (54%) oak for 20 months.

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2015 Filsell Shiraz

The Comments:

The 2015 Filsell Shiraz is a rich, luscious and thoroughly decadent Old Vine Shiraz that perfectly embodies this classically powerful Barossan style. Dark ruby red in colour with hints of purple, the nose is a symphony of dark forest berries, couverture chocolate, fresh blood plums and vanilla bean with hints of dark roasted coffee, earthy spices and cherry liqueur. The palate is silky soft yet incredibly dense and richly flavoured with sweet raspberry and black cherry fruit flavours, warm chocolate lava cake and sweet Chai spices, with an undercurrent of savoury toast and earthy characters. The palate, while unashamedly rich and powerful, has length and structure imparted by a foundation of ripe, supple tannins that carry the wine through to a long, lingering finish; where the flavours persist long after the wine is consumed. An exceptional addition to the proud lineage of Filsell Shiraz that will delight on release and age gracefully for 15 to 20 years.

awards and reviews

2015 Filsell Shiraz

THE AWARDS & REVIEWS:

  • 2014 Filsell Shiraz
    • Bronze | 2016 Royal Queensland Wine Show
  • 2013 Filsell Shiraz
    • Bronze | 2015 Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Des Houghton
      Des HoughtonCourier Mail | December 2015

      The Filsell showcases all that is great about deep purple, full flavoured Barossa wines especially Shiraz. The 2013 edition displays the classical Filsell aromas of dark chocolate and red berry fruits such as plums and raspberries. And this one has an interesting cola note.

  • 2012 Filsell Shiraz
    • Gold | 2014 Wine Showcase Magazine
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    • Silver | 2014 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
    • Bronze | 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 International Wine Challenge
    • Bronze | 2015 Queensland Wine Show
  • 2011 Filsell Shiraz
    • 95 Points – 2013 Wine Showcase Magazine Regional Showcase
      2013 Wine Showcase Magazine Regional Showcase
    • Bronze – 2013 Spiegelau International Wine Competition
    • Bronze | 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards

      Black, peppery fruit, herb and earth aromas. Restrained, peppery black plum palate with lean fruit persistence, delicate oak and firm, structured tannins. Lingering and controlled.

    • Bronze | 2014 Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2013 New Zealand International Wine Show
    • Decanter
      Decanter - Apr 2014

      "South Australian Shiraz, Highly Recommended"
      Sweetly aromatic with strong chocolatey, oakey depth behind the sweet cassis and black-cherry fruit.  Polished, a bit contrived, but the palate is gorgeous.

    • Mike Burnett
      Mike BurnettLaunceston Examiner, TAS, Sep 2013

      The 2011 Filsell Shiraz will certainly fulfill most shiraz drinkers' requirements. It is soft, bud does not lack in depth of colour and complexity, with sweetish berry flavours, spice and supporting oak.

    • Kerry Skinner
      Kerry SkinnerIllawarra Mercury, NSW, Sep 2013

      Filsell has become a bit of a cult wine for lovers of fair dinkum Barossa Valley Shiraz. This new vintage is a beauty, dark and dashing with layers of red and black fruit, chocolate characters and well rounded tannins after 20 months in French and American Oak.

  • 2010 Filsell Shiraz
    • Trophy | 2013 WineState's Worlds Greatest Shiraz Challenge

      A super-premium Barossa Shiraz sourced from 90 year old vines was named the best Shiraz in the World over the weekend.
      The Grant Burge Wines 2010 Filsell Shiraz, took the honours at Winestate Magazine’s World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge VIII, beating over 700 international Shirazes from France, South Africa, New Zealand and every major region in Australia.
      “I couldn’t be prouder of our Filsell Shiraz,” Grant Burge said today as he celebrated in the Barossa. “From vintage to vintage it just keeps on winning.
      “We’ve now won 5 major trophies, 22 gold medals and 47 silver medals since Filsell’s release in 1992.”
      Grant attributed its success to the unique Barossa vineyard which gives the wine its name.
      “The Filsell Vineyard has a unique place in the history of the Barossa Valley and Grant Burge Wines,” he said. The vines are over 90 years old and make up one of the largest patches of historical varietal fruit in the Barossa.
      “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 and it crams character into each berry.”
      He described the 2010 Filsell Shiraz as having incredible depth of colour and a “rare purity of fruit” in the bouquet.
      “The 2010 vintage was a great year and it has all of those ripe blackberry and blackcurrant aromas infused with rich vanilla and milk chocolate notes,” Grant said. “The palate is beautifully weighted, with optimal balance between concentrated fruit flavours, sweet spices, tannins and acidity.”
      All wines entered in the Winestate Magazine World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge VIII, were blind tasted by an experienced panel of MW’s and winemakers. The official results will be published in the September edition of Winestate Magazine.

    • 97 Points | Ray Jordan
      Ray JordanThe Weekend West WA, Apr 2013

      A powerful shiraz, with stacks of mid-palate weight. Robust, yet unobtrusive tannins. Blackcurrant and dark plum flavours with tarred, ripe fruit. Has great structure and mouthfeel and will live for many years. Lots of clove and nutmeg in the complex weave of flavours and aromas. One of the best.

    • 95 Points | West Australian, Perth, Jun 2013
      West Australian, Perth, Jun 2013

      A super-smooth shiraz from old vines in the Barossa. Such plush and soft integration yet such awesome power and lingering intensity. It has a velvety-smooth mouth feel with its fine tannins and fine-grained oak striking features. Great balance and poise and a very long finish.

    • 94 Points | Gary Walsh
      Gary WalshThe Wine Front, Apr 2012

      Toasty mocha oak, spice, blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry (mainly) - firm but chalky fine tannin, polished and lively, clean lines and good delivery. Ripe but controlled. It's still oaky, but less than it was, and good at what it does. An excellent release.

    • 93 Points | Cameron Mattinson
      Cameron MattinsonThe Wine Front, Apr 2012

      Best of both worlds. Dark in colour, lots of malty oak, ripe and substantial. And yet - the fruit itself has an elegance. And it's arguably the most poised/controlled red I've see out of the Grant Burge stable for some time. It's fresh too. And after clubbing you around the ears with oak on opening - the longer it sits in the glass, the more sawdusty and cedary the oak seems. Ie., lovers of Filsell expect a hit of oak and they'll sure get it here, but the style has been finessed. I did not walk awy form this bottle displeased.

    • 91 Points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown
      Lisa Perrotti-BrownWine Advocate, USA, Feb 2013

      Deep garnet-purple in color, the old vine 2010 Shiraz Filsell offers blackberry preserves and blueberry pie notes over chocolate, licorice and menthol. Full-bodied, rich and structured by firm levels of fine tannins, it is supported by very crisp acid and a long, blackberry-laced finish.

    • 90 Points – Julle Hobbs
      Julle HobbsWine Jury, Geelong Advertiser VIC, Apr 2012

      The first thing you notice is the beautiful deep, red colour. Good on the nose, this shiraz has outstanding base structures and concentrated flavours. This is clearly a quality wine that is lovely to drink now, but no doubt will also grow into its enviable reputation.

    • Gold – 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2012 International Wine Challenge
    • Silver – 2012 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Silver – 2012 Perth Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2012 Canberra National Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Bronze – 2012 Decanter Asia Wine Awards
    • Bronze – 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Bronze – 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Bronze – 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Other (5 Stars) – 2013 Worlds Greatest Shiraz Challenge
      Winestate Magazine, National, Oct 2013

      Great Colour and a vibrant, perfumed nose showing some attractive, peaty notes. Big oaky/grippy tannic palate with lovely red fruit underneath. Beautiful mouthfeel. Has lots of potential!

    • Other (4.5 Stars) | John Lewis
      John LewisWine list, Newcastle Herald, Warrnambool Standard VIC, Northern Daily Leader NSW, Dec 2012

      The Filsells are made from grapes from Grant Burge's 92 year-old Filsell vineyard, which supplies the fruit for his flagship Meshach shiraz wines. This multi-faceted 2010 version is inky purple in the glass, has cassis and cinnamon aromas and brings intense, ripe satsuma plum flavour to the front of the palate. Maraschino cherry, dark chocolate and molasses fruit characters meld with nutty oak on the middle palate and the finish displays minty tannins. Drink with rack of lamb and rosemary stuffing and mint sauce.

    • Other (4 Stars) | Ralph Kyte-Powell
      Ralph Kyte-PowellCuisine, New Zealand, Jul 2013

      A favourite of Cuisine panels in past vintages, Filsell 2010 seems a bit less evolved than other recent releases. That said, the building blocks are there for the future: lashings of ripe blackberry fruit, toasty oak, lots of extract, big and broad in style. One for the cellar.

    • John Lewis
      John LewisMaitland Mercury, NSW, Jan 2013

      The Filsells are made from grapes from Grant Burge's 92-year-old Filsell vineyard, which supplies the fruit for his flagship Meshach shiraz wines. This multi-faceted 2010 version is inky purple in the glass, has cassis and cinnamon aromas and brings intense, ripe satsuma plum flavour to the front of the palate. Maraschino cherry, dark chocolate and molasses fruit characters meld with nutty oak on the middle palate and the finish displays minty tannins.

    • Chris Shanahan
      Chris ShanahanTop Drops, Sunday Canberra Times Aug 2012

      Winemaker Grant Burge says the Filsell vineyard contains one of the largest blocks of old (more than 90 years) shiraz in the Southern Barossa Valley. Burge has made an impressive single-vineyard wine from the block for some years now, but the 2010 really stands out after a run of drought-affected seasons. It is full bodied, in the Barossa style, with particularly intense, bright, ripe fruit flavours and supple texture. The supple fruit comes layered with soft, ripe fruit tannins, with another structural and flavour lift from very high-quality oak. It's a very high-quality red, with medium to long-term cellaring potential.

    • Country Style | Jul 2012
      Country Style - Jul 2012

      Intense, rich and succulent with heady dark berry, chocolate and vanilla aromas, impressive depths of colour, and a palate that embodies focus, concentration and harmony. They can start engraving the trophies

    • Graeme Phillips
      Graeme PhillipsFruit of the Vine, Sunday Tasmanian Jul 2012

      Lifted, slightly spirituous blackberry liqueur aromas with flavours of ripe blackberries, plums and chocolate aniseed rings in a classic fruit-driven Barossan style but more elegantly structured and showing more balanced, food-friendly restraint than many Filsells in the past and finishing nicely fresh, long and juicy.

    • Jeff Collerson
      Jeff CollersonDaily Telegraph June 2012

      Filsell vineyard was planted in the Barossa 90 years ago and it's '09 shiraz sold out quickly. This is the first screw-cap vintage. Fragrant chocolate and spice on the nose and a palate with smooth ripe fruit beneath a complex, layered structure.

    • John Belsham
      John BelshamAussie Shiraz, Cuisine NZ Jul 2012

      ..intense dark berry shiraz fruit, and good balance in the mouth, along with rich, ripe flavours. It has tons of personality but ideally needs a few years age

    • John Fordham
      John FordhamSunday Telegraph Jun 2012

      Standout old-vine release.

    • John Fordham
      John FordhamHighlife Magazine Sep 2012

      One of the Barossa Valley's leading exponents of shiraz, Grant Burge is absolutely chuffed with the latest release of this multi award winning red hailing from vines up to 90 years old. This is one of Australia's finest vintages ain recent times and Burge has used his incredible depth of regional knowledge to create a wine with superbly balanced peppery fruit flavours that provide a rousing and elegant palate experience.

    • Kerry Skinner
      Kerry SkinnerIllawarra Mercury June 2012

      Grant Burge 2010 Filsell Old Vine Shiraz. The quintessential Barossa Valley shiraz, winning trophies or gold medals every year for the past decade. From the outstanding 2010 vintage it is right on song bold and brassy with lashings of black and red fruit that melds seamlessly with the oak, sweetish spice, chocolate characters and supple tannins.

    • Paul Tudor MW
      Paul Tudor MW100 Wines for Winter, Metro NZ, June 2012

      Wow! Deep, brooding colour, meaty aromas with earthy notes overlying blackberry and cassis. A big mouthful of raspberry jam, liquorice, diesel, coconut and vanillin oak and slightly hot on the finish.

    • Peter Bourne
      Peter BourneAustralian Gourmet Traveller Wine May 2012

      Ripe flavours of blackberries and blackcurrants are layered with subtle raspberry. The palate is concentrated and seamlessly integrated with oak tannins and rounded acidity adding great length of flavour.

    • Rick Allen
      Rick AllenThree CheersManly Daily NSW, Nov 2012

      This has oodles of Barossa Valley flavour and a good whack of oak. It's fleshy blackberry and red berry fruit, a lift of spice, and some underlying chocolaty characters - rich and powerful, but balanced. It's got plenty of grunt so if you like your reds with some power, then you'll love this.

    • Rick Allen
      Rick AllenHills Shire Times June 2012

      You know what you're getting with Filsell - loads of grunt, loads of ripe fruit and loads of oak to round it off. It's for those who like their wines big. This ticks all those boxes, but has enough balance and finesse to hold everything in check and make it a tasty drop indeed. It has concentrated, brambly dark berry flavours with some red berry undertones, chocolate and some spicy notes on the finish.

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

      This is a big wine with aromas of ripe dark fruits, blueberry, violet and lavendar. Lovely blueberry with hints of coffee and vanilla on the palate. Full-bodied.

    • Winestate, Australia Oct 2012
      Winestate, Australia Oct 2012

      A bit tannic style with masses oak and rich slightly jammy, fruit. Drying finish.

  • 2009 Filsell Shiraz
    • Trophy – 2011 South Australian Wine of Year Award
    • 95 Points – Top 100 Wines "Shiraz, Cabernet & other red varieties" - Herald Sun, November 2011
      Top 100 Wines "Shiraz, Cabernet & other red varieties" - Herald Sun, November 2011

      Full-bodied Barossa Shiraz in all its glory. Classic, sweet, dark fruit ripeness, exotic spice in the aromatics and mid-palate flesh that seems to expand in the mouth into a rich and fulfilling palate that swells and swells with nicely balanced tannins and structure. Has real shiraz presence and modern appeal.

    • 94 Points | James Halliday
      James HallidayJune 2011

      Dense purple-crimson; this is a remarkably balanced and harmonious wine, reflecting the 91-year-old vines; the aromas and flavours revolve around the core of black fruits, adding spice, liquorice, quality oak and ripe tannins.

    • 93 Points & 5 Stars – 100 Top New Release Wines, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine - November 2011
      100 Top New Release Wines, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine - November 2011

      Toasty oak leads the way, with a savoury bouquet, earth, smoke and blackberry buried within. Full-bodied, concentrated and powerful, it borders on opulent. The palate is long with an extended finish and smooth, ample tannins. A smart wine in an oak-driven style.

    • 93 Points – Huon Hooke
      Huon HookeSydney Morning Herald, 30 Aug 2011

      A very smart shiraz in a full-bodied, full-throttle, oak-driven style. Excellent purple red colour; blackberry and earth underneath toast and char aromas. Smooth, ample tannins with a generous, almost opulent palate and a silky texture.

    • 91 Points | Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
      Ben MacPhee-Sigurdsonwww.wineaccess.ca, Canada, February 2012

      While there are big, ripe cherry aromas and great complexity on the nose, with captivating perfume, white pepper, savoury and light ginger notes. It's quite full-bodied and chewy, with 20 months in mostly American oak bringing big vanilla and spice. There's still ample cherry, pepper, raisin, blackberry and spice on the palate, and the medium tannin keeps things from getting too creamy. Nice balance and structure.

    • Gold – 2011 Mundus Vini International Wine Show (Germany)
    • Silver – 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Silver – 2011 International Wine & Spirits Competition
    • Silver – 2011 International Wine Challenge UK
    • Bronze – 2011 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2011 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Comp
    • Other (4 Stars) – Australian Shiraz: Panel tasting result - www.decanter.com, November 2011
      Australian Shiraz: Panel tasting result - www.decanter.com, November 2011

      Strong bouquet of pepper, iron, coconut, orange peel and blackcurrant. Good use of oak, vibrant fruit and fine tannins.

    • Peter Forester
      Peter Forester'Best Buy Wines' Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Sep 2012

      Grant Burge is a fifth-generation Barossa vigneron. His Filsell vineyard (originally planted in 1920) is the source of fruit for his flagship Meshach Shiraz and is a major contributor to this wine. There's more Eden Valley material than previously, which gives a vibrancy and some lifted floral notes. Alcohol is lower and the oak handling is more restrained. The 2009 Filsell is bright, powerful and concentrated with brambles, chocolate and fruit cake flavours, seamless fleshy texture, and a balanced finish.

    • Tony Love
      Tony LoveAdelaide Advertiser September 2011

      Judge's Pick. Full bodied Barossa shiraz in all its glory. Classic sweet, dark fruit ripeness, exotic spice in the aromatics and mid-palate flesh and a rich and fulfilling palate that swells with nicely balanced tannins and structure.

    • Wine Selectors, Apr 2011
      Wine Selectors, Apr 2011

      With a booty of gold medals to its name, Grant Burge's amazing shiraz success has been credited to his nearly century-old Filsell vineyard. It is the little brother to Meshach, and was the perfect match to the fifth course of the degustation dinner - duckling breast and pine mushroom tortellini with baby vegetables. The Filsell Shiraz is a classic Barossa shiraz, rich and opulent with layers of fruit, which is unforced finishing with good length of fruit and well balanced. This one is a must have for any wine cellar, and giving it time in the bottle will produce it's own rewards.

  • 2008 Filsell Shiraz
    • Trophy – 2010 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • 94 Points | James Halliday
      James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2012

      Strong, deep colour; an impressive wine, offering layers of black fruit flavours, within an overall elegant, medium-bodied framework; drives through to the finish with no hint of overripe fruit.

    • 92 Points & 4 Stars – Rob Geddes
      Rob GeddesThe Gold Book 2012

      Always a safe bet, this is a very honest style in a world full of dead fruit. Ripe, not dead fruit, with big oak that needs time to settle.

    • Gold – 2010 New Zealand International Wine Show
    • Gold – 2010 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Silver – 2010 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2010 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
    • Bronze – 2010 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2010 Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit
    • Other (5 Stars - Top 5 = outstanding) | Ralph Kyte-Powell
      Ralph Kyte-PowellCuisine Magazine NZ July 2010

      Grant Burge Filsell performs consistently well in our Australian Shiraz tastings. It's a lovely ripe style, just made for roast meats. Appealing aromas of spice, boysenberry and plum introduce an intense, full-bodied palate. The wine shows some alcoholic warmth but it's not out of context.

    • Other (5 Stars) – Winestate June 2010
      Winestate June 2010

      Leaner style, with liquorice and plums lifting off the nose and great concentration and length and persistence of lovely clean varietal fruit flavours.

    • Winestate - February 2011
      Winestate - February 2011

      Dense and inky nose with a hint of chocolate. Fresh and youthful varietal fruit flavours with juicy acidity and some earthy complexity.

    • Chris Shanahan
      Chris ShanahanTop Drops Canberra Times August 2010

      Filsell shows the power and body of the hot vintage, with generous, deep, chocolaty fruit flavours - coated lavishly with the Barossa's tender, soft tannins.

    • Christine Ricketts
      Christine RickettsNational Liquor News July 2010

      Mouth filling and lengthy, with rich fruit and integrated oak.

    • Drinks Trade Magazine
      Drinks Trade Magazine

      Rob: Liquorice, dark chocolate and anise aromas, juicy and ripe; a good, honest generous wine.
      Robert B: Rich and round with great weight.
      Christian: An excellent wine with great mouth feel.

    • Gold Coast Panache - July 2010
      Gold Coast Panache - July 2010

      I had the opportunity to try an earlier vintage of this wine along side another Burge Shiraz, the Miamba, at a tasting with winemaker Grant Burge a couple of years ago and was blown away by the difference. The 80 year old vines at the Filsell Vineyard produce wines with great concentration and intensity. The 2008 is almost black in colour with a hint of purple. It smells earthy with blackberry and mulberries and spiced fruit cake. Luscious and full bodied, it tastes of chocolate and vanilla, plums and dark berries. The tannins are prominent but blend beautifully to carry the layers of rich fruit and spice through to a long lingering finish that has you reaching for the bottle for more. Thank you very much Mr Burge.

    • John Fordham
      John FordhamSunday Telegraph March 2010

      Completing his latest red offerings are 2008 Filsell Shiraz, 2007 Balthasar Shiraz Viognier and newcomer 2005 Corryton Park Cabernet Sauvignon - all passed the test with flying colours!

    • Kerry Skinner
      Kerry SkinnerIllawarra Mercury June 2010

      A super shiraz that has evolved into one of the Barossa's best. Matured in French oak for 20 months, rich and powerful, layers of black berry fruit, integrated spice, supple tannins.

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

      Very deep garnet-purple in colour, 2008 Filsell Shiraz has intense notes of anise, blackberry and cherry preserves with whiffs of balsamic and prunes. Full and well fleshed, it has crisp acid and firm rounded tannins with a long rather straightforward finish. Approachable now, it should remain good to 2016.

    • Monique Farrow
      Monique FarrowNational Liquor News July 2010

      Black fruit and dark cherries, with a tannin structure that supports the fruit well.

    • Mt Barker Courier | June 2010
      Mt Barker Courier - June 2010

      Sourced from one of the oldest and finest shiraz vineyards in the Barossa, is a little touch of magic from a superb year. The wine has incredible depth of colour, almost black with purple hues and the bouquet is a symphony of aromas with ripe blackberries, ground cinnamon, vanilla, mocha tones and even a hint of freshly baked bread.

      A touch of new leather is complemented by toasted cashew nuts, dark chocolate and subtle aniseed.

      The wine has a rich and abundantly complex palate, intense and sumptuous, with sweet forest berry fruit flavours, dark chocolate and vanilla bean.

      A lusciously rich and full bodied wine, this 2008 shows all the best aspects of a classic Filsell.

    • Ralph Kyte-Powell
      Ralph Kyte-PowellOctober 2010

      A wholesome Barossa shiraz that sums up the positives for this iconic Australian wine type. It opens with a ripe nose of sweet crushed berries, spices and dark plums, robed skilfully in subtle oak. It's full in the mouth, with plenty of ripe, lingering flavour, good texture, some alcoholic warmth and a mellow supporting structure of balanced, ripe tannins.

    • Sunday Tasmanian - September 2010
      Sunday Tasmanian - September 2010

      As reliably Barossa as ever - big, black, plummy, aniseed, sweet oak and ripe blackberries with a chewable but not syrupy texture, poised and almost elegantly balanced at the higher flavour/alcohol end of the spectrum, which should please its heaps of followers

    • Winewise - November 2010
      Winewise - November 2010

      Outstanding. A vibrant blackberry style with fine tannins and classy oak. The only negative is that it's under cork, and we can't guarantee every bottle will be like this one.

  • 2007 Filsell Shiraz
    • Trophy – 2009 Winestate Wine of the Year Awards
    • 94 Points – James Halliday
      James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2011 edition, Weekend Australian May 2012

      Strong crimson-red; aromas of blackberry and plum come through strongly on the medium to full-bodied palate, fine but savoury tannins and oak on the finish tying the fruit up nicely.

    • 94 Points – James Halliday

      Tasted 7/09/2009

    • 93 Points – Natalie MacLean
      Natalie MacLeanNatDecants.com. November 2009

      The Filsell Vineyard is considered one of the best in the Barossa Valley, with vines that are nearly a century old. This powerful Shiraz is the not-so-little brother to Burge's flagship Meshach, which is also sourced from the Filsell vineyard. Dark, deep, layered and intense, this is premium Barossa Shiraz. It will benefit from 5-10 years in a good cellar, but if you can't wait, serve it with an equally impressive dish. My note: Rich and redolent with lovely notes of mocha-plums, blackberry and cherry liqueur. Bring it on! Foot matches: braised lamb shanks with caramelized onions and shallots.

    • 93 Points – Patrick Eckel
      Patrick Eckel

      Deep purple to red in colour, the nose literally jumps out of the glass with ripe plum and sweet vanillin oak. The palate is dense and packed full of rich plum and blackberry fruit, there is dark chocolate and mocha characters that meld wonderfully with the fruit and oak, in fact it's almost hedonistic. The tannins are fine, firm and drying and needed to fram the vibrant and concentrated fruit. The finish is rich with dark berries, cocoa and considerable length that lingers.

    • Silver – 2009 Hobart Wine Show
    • Silver – 2009 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Silver – 2008 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2009 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2012 Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2009 Canberra Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2009 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Other (5 Stars) – Newcastle Herald, Dec 2008
      Newcastle Herald, Dec 2008

      Here's a big, bold 15 per cent alcohol Barossa red from Grant Burge's 90 year old Filsell vineyard, which supplies the grapes for his flagship Meshach shiraz wines. The 2007 Filsell is dark, inky purple and has plum pudding and nutmeg aromas. Lush, ripe blood plum flavour shows on the fron tof the palate and peppermint, dark chocolate and molasses fruit characters meld with nutty oak on the middle palate. Lingering plum fruit and dusty tannins combine at the finish. It would be great with the Christmas Turkey or with ossso bucco or beef burgundy.

    • Other (2009 Shiraz of the Year) | WINESTATE MAGAZINE | 2009 SHIRAZ OF THE YEAR
      WINESTATE MAGAZINE - 2009 SHIRAZ OF THE YEAR

      2009 SHIRAZ of the YEAR. 2007 Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz.

    • Open a top drop…. Leader Barossa Valley March 2010
      Open a top drop…. Leader Barossa Valley March 2010

      Winner of the 2009 Winestate Shiraz of the Year, the 2007 Filsell is a prime example of what can be achieved from a top vineyard despite difficult, drought affected conditions.

      Showing an excellent depth of colour, the intense nose exhibits layers of aromas including dark berries, cedar, chocolate and vanilla. The palate is rich and full bodied, yet possesses the tannin structure to carry the richness with ease.

      If you can resist temptation, this wine will cellar for 10 years and works wonderfully well with hearty dishes such as rabbit pie or braised lamb shanks

    • WBM March 2010 edition
      WBM March 2010 edition

      Special Patch of Dirt. Grant Burge Wines is celebrating another win with the 2007 Filsell Barossa Old Vine Shiraz awarded the trophy for Best Shiraz at the 2009 Winestate Wine of the Year Awards.

      The annual awards are presented after tastings involving more than 10,000 Australian and New Zealand wines over the past 12 months, with a taste-off involving the top rated 300.

      Filsell Vineyard has a very special place in the history of the Barossa Valley and Grant Burge Wines. Today its old Shiraz vines, which are nearly 90 years old, make up one of the largest old patches (8.50 hectares) of historical fruit in the Barossa Valley.

      Grant Burge purchased the Filsell Vineyard in 1989 and has always labelled it, "A very special patch of dirt." The vines are so old and their butts so weak that a good kick would break many of them off at ground level, consequently all picking and pruning is done by hand.

      Grant commented, "We are lucky to have this patch - year after year the quality of the fruit from Filsell Vineyard is exceptional, crammed with character which is imparted into the wine which flows from this magnificent old block of Shiraz".

  • 2006 Filsell Shiraz
    • 93 Points – James Halliday
      James Halliday2010 Australian Wine Companion

      Big, swarthy Barossa red, with strong blackberry and earth flavours, alcohol part of the mix, as are the tannins

    • 93 Points – James Halliday

      Big, swarthy Barossa red, with strong blackberry and earth flavours, alcohol part of the mix, as are the tannins.

    • 91 Points – Dr. Jay Miller
      Dr. Jay MillerThe Wine Advocate- USA February 2009

      The 2006 Filsell Old Vines Shiraz offers a bit more depth and concentration. Ripe and easygoing on the palate, it has tons of savoury blue and black fruits, plenty of spice, and excellent length.

    • 91 Points – Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator May 2009

      Smooth as silk and rich in flavour, bursting with blueberry, plum and coffee flavours, plus a hint of nutmeg as the finish sails on enticingly.

    • 91 Points – Jay Miller
      Jay MillerWine Advocate, USA, Feb 2009

      The 2006 Filsell Old Vines Shiraz offers a bit more depth and concentration. Ripe and easygoing on the palate, it has tons of savoury blue and black fruits, plenty of spice, and excellent length.

    • 91 Points – Parker Points

      Early

    • Silver – 2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2009 International Wine Challenge
    • Bronze – 2009 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2012 Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Bronze – 2008 Hobart International Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 New Zealand International Wine Challenge
    • Bronze – 2008 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Other (Seal of Approval) – 2009 Korea Wine Challenge
    • Other (5 Stars) – Winestate, National, Apr 2009
      Winestate, National, Apr 2009

      "A great drop" said one judge. Christmas cake spices and berries shout from this fabulous nose. Fresh and lively palate filled with ripe fruits, firm tannins and well balanced oak.

    • Other (4 Stars) – Winestate—January 2009
      Winestate—January 2009

      Perfectly balanced and seamlessly integrated wine with ripe varietal fruit depth, toasty oak, tight acidity, warming alcohol and well– hidden tannins.

    • Neil Padley
      Neil PadleyKia Ora Magazine NZ - July 2010

      A wine that demonstrates a level of concentration that can only be achieved by significant vine age.

    • Graeme Phillips
      Graeme PhillipsSunday Tasmanian October 2008

      This is a black, intensely ripe, fruit driven number chock-a-block with aniseed, chocolate and deep blackberry flavours in smooth, opulent and popular Barossan style, the abundant fruit easily eating up the alcohol, finishing with good grip and a warm fruity after-glow.

    • Kerry Skinner
      Kerry SkinnerIllawarra Mercury October 2008

      Winemaker Grant Burge describes his Filsell vineyard as a 'very special patch of dirt'. He's right because this is a very special Barossa red, big, bold and opulent with layers of plum and blackberry fruit, integrated chocolate characters, underlying spice, terrific oak and silky tannins. Drink it with herb-crusted leg of lamb.

    • Jeff Collerson
      Jeff CollersonDaily Telegraph 25 Nov 08

      Grant Burge's Filsell vineyard was planted in the Barossa Valley almost 90 years ago. It yields the grapes for Burge's (flagship) Meshach shiraz as well as for this elegant but still richly flavoured and textured red. A ripe cherry/ chocolate style with big red spicy aromas and a decent whack of oak.

  • 2005 Filsell Shiraz
    • Trophy – 2007 New Zealand International Wine Show
    • 95 Points – James Halliday
      James Halliday2010 Australian Wine Companion

      Deep, dark, brooding and absolutely jammed with fruit and personality; the palate is dense, the flavours compelling, and despite the obvious weight of the wine, the finish is poised, fresh and very long; often one of the best wines in the stable.

    • 95 Points – James Halliday
      James Hallidaytasted Nov 2008

      Deep, dark, brooding and absolutely jammed with fruit and personality; the palate is dense, the flavours compelling, and despite the obvious weight of the wine, the finish is poised, fresh and very long; often one of the best wines in the stable.

    • 95 Points – James Halliday

      Deep, dark, brooding and absolutely jammed with fruit and personality; the palate is dense, the flavours compelling, and despite the obvious weight of the wine, the finish is poised, fresh and very long; often one of the best wines in the stable.

    • 92 Points – Josh Raynolds
      Josh RaynoldsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Sept/Oct 2008

      Vivid ruby. Sexy, oak-accented blackberry and boysenberry aromas are complicated by vanilla, cola and black cardamom Powerful, concentrated dark fruit flavours are firmed by dusty tannins, which quickly succumb to the sweet fruit. Very rich but surprisingly energetic wine with very good lift and lingering spiciness- and complex enough to enjoy right now.

    • 91 Points – Jay Miller
      Jay MillerWine Advocate-November 2007

      The 2005 Shiraz “Filsell” is similarly styled to the 2004, but with greater depth and richness. The 2004 Shiraz “Filsell” is a single vineyard, old vine cuvee which was barrel-fermented and aged for 18 months in American oak. Purple in colour, it exhibits aromas of cedar, spice box, tobacco, blueberry, and blackberry. It has ample ripe fruit, good depth, and enough structure to evolve for several years.

    • 91 Points – Jay Miller
      Jay MillereRobertParker.com Oct 2007

      The 2005 Shiraz “Filsell” is similarly styled to the 2004, but with greater depth and richness.

    • 91 Points – Parker Points
    • 90 Points – Jeremy Oliver
      Jeremy Oliver2009 Australian Wine Annual

      A meaty, ripe and evenly ripened Barossa shiraz whose deep, juicy flavours of fresh blackberries and plums are handsomely backed by chocolate/mocha oak with a dusting of pepper and spice. It's long and vibrant, but is underpinned by a slightly green-edged and metallic extract, before finishing with a hint of saltiness.

    • 90 Points | Wine Enthusiast | November 2007
      Wine Enthusiast - November 2007

      This has more red fruit character than most Barossa Shirazes with cherry and raspberry flavours mingling with vanilla and carried by an almost syrupy mouth feel– almost berry-vanilla compote. Sure, it could use bit a more spice and complexity, but that would be quibbling; this is luscious stuff to drink now through 2015.

    • Gold – 2008 Macquarie Bank Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Gold – 2007 Perth Wine Show
    • Gold – 2008 Macquarie Bank Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Gold – 2007 New Zealand International Wine Show
    • Silver – 2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2007 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Silver – 2007 Canberra Wine Show
    • Silver – 2006 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2007 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Silver – 2008 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Silver – 2007 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
    • Other (commended) – 2008 International Wine Challenge
    • Other (5 Stars) – Ralph Kyte-Powell
      Ralph Kyte-PowellCuisine, National, Jul 2008

      Top Australian Shiraz. The 04 edition of this essency Barossa Shiraz wone accolades last year and this 05 is a more than worthy follow-up - a wine of gorgeous concentration and depth of complex flavour. It opens with delicious plum, boysenberry, warm spice and subtle oak aromas, and the palate is velvety in feel, long in flavour and fine in ripe tannins. Pour a glass and savour just how good old-vine Australian Shiraz can be.

    • Geoff Kelly
      Geoff KellyWines New Zealand Oct 2008

      It is a pleasure to report that this 2005 is much subtler than recent efforts. It is less 'euc'y' and less oaky. Instead the wine is fragrant and mouth filling on splendidly rich dark plummy to boysenberry fruit, with just a little mint. Oak increases through the palate, but will marry in.
      Cellar 5-15 years.

    • Hugh Wood
      Hugh WoodHamilton Press NZ, 7th May 2008

      An afternoon filled with top Aussie wine … Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz 2005 is a more conventional wine with lots of ripe spicy fruit and sweet American oak, but is not the least bit 'jammy' as can happen if the wine-making is a bit ham-handed. Very good wine… high $20's and worth every penny.

    • John Fordham
      John FordhamSunday Telegraph, October 2007

      Old Vines bring New success. Grant Burge's raging shiraz success has been demonstratably built on the quality of fruit available from his prized Filsell vineyard. Not only do these near century old vines power his revered $100 flagship Meshach, they underpin the success of Burge's appropriately-labelled Filsell shiraz, which pleasingly provides change from $30.
      'The Filsell vineyard produces just on 1.5 tonnes of fruit per hectare, delivering fruit of optimum intensity and concentration,' enthuses Burge, the Barossa's largest independent grower.
      Burge rates his latest Filsell shiraz from the 2005 vintage- as one of the finest in the past decade.
      'Although it is already showing greatness, I'm convinced its best years are ahead of it,' he predicts.

    • Kerry Skinner
      Kerry SkinnerIllawarra Mercury September 2007

      Grant Burge has access to some of the oldest shiraz vines in the Barossa and it is from these vines that he sources the fruit for his Filsell Shiraz. This latest vintage, with its new label is a beauty; rich and opulent and rippling with layers of plum and red berry fruit flavours, chocolate characters, integrated spiciness balanced oak and silky tannins. Drink it with lamb lion chops.

    • Liquor Watch, December 2007
      Liquor Watch, December 2007

      A fine new addition. The 2005 Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz is among the finest the winery has produced. A deep purple in colour, it displays a myriad of aromas including raspberry, Belgian chocolate and fruit cake, while the long palate exhibits black plum, coffee bean and long, chewy tannins.

  • 2004 Filsell Shiraz
    • 94 Points – James Halliday
      James Halliday2008 Australian Wine Companion

      Great colour; a magical mix of fleshy and firmer fruit, great balance and mouthfeel; savoury tannins provide discipline.

    • 94 Points – Jeremy Oliver
      Jeremy Oliver2008 Australian Wine Annual

      A typically elegant and sweetly fruited Lyndoch Shiraz whose wild heady and alluring perfume of small dark fruits, musk and cloves….. on one hand it is sumptuous and richly fruited, with deep flavours of plums, blackberries and cassis, on the other, it’s elegant and approachable, supported by firm-is but pleasant tannins….

    • 91 Points – Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator - Oct 2007

      Fleshy, round and generous with velvety tannins surrounding multiple layers of green olive-tinged blackberry and cherry flavours that linger on the finish, which gets a lift from fine acidity.

    • 90 Points – Jay Miller
      Jay MillereRobertParker.com Oct 2007

      The 2004 Shiraz “Filsell” is a single vineyard, old vine cuvee which was barrel-fermented and aged for 18 months in American oak. Purple in colour, it exhibits aromas of cedar, spice box, tobacco, blueberry, and blackberry. It has ample ripe fruit, good depth, and enough structure to evolve for several years.

    • 90 Points – Parker Points
    • Gold – 2006 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Gold – 2006 Mundus Vini Germany
    • Gold – 2006 New Zealand Liquorland Top 100
    • Gold – 2006 Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
    • Silver – 2006 Barossa Wine Show
    • Silver – 2006 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2006 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Silver – 2006 National Wine Show Canberra
    • Silver – 2006 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Silver – 2007 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Silver – 2006 New Zealand International Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2006 Hobart Wine Show
    • Other (5 Stars) – Lauraine Jacobs
      Lauraine JacobsAugust 2007

      Every so often its worth treating yourself to a delicious wine to linger over. The rich fruit in this wine is delivered with a dollop of vanilla and some oaky flavours. Perfect with a rich sausage dish.

    • Other (4 Stars) – Winestate Magazine, Australia, Feb 2008
      Winestate Magazine, Australia, Feb 2008

      A big, jammy, Aussie shiraz - lovely lifted sweet fruit nose with super-classy oak. Beautifully elegant palate has balance and length.

    • James Halliday
      James HallidayWeekend Australian December 2006

      The 2004 Grant Burge Filsell, great colour, was dark but clear, with a magical mix of fleshy and firmer fruit, giving it great balance and mouth feel and savoury tannins giving the wine a note of authority

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Jul/Aug 07
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Jul/Aug 07

      Dark red. Spicy, herb-accented red berries and cherry on the nose, with a deeper tobacco note adding complexity. Taut, minerally cherry and cherry pit flavours are braced by firm tannins and bright acidity. Youthfully wound up on the finish, which features a musky liquorice quality. Will time in bottle bring more pliancy?

  • 2003 Filsell Shiraz
    • 91 Points – Robert Whitley
      Robert WhitleyWineReviewOnLine.com USA, February 2006

      Fans of big-shouldered, ultra-ripe Aussie shiraz will snap up Burge's Filsell in a hurry. This vineyard-designated Shiraz from the famed Barossa Valley is powerful, complex and very ripe, showing smooth, sweet tannins and exceptional length and persistence on the palate. With jammy flavours of currant, blackberry and raspberry kissed with a touch of sweet oak, this is the sort of Shiraz that screams Aussie sunshine! Serve it with a rare filet mignon and you'll be in Aussie heaven.

    • 91 Points – The Wine Report Tasting Panel, www.winesimple.com USA, April 2006
      The Wine Report Tasting Panel, www.winesimple.com USA, April 2006

      What "looks like a black cherry" sometimes tastes like one, too. Dominated by cherry flavours, this wine also had pleasant notes of allspice, liquorice, eucalyptus and smoke. Panellists noted the "flavour was not as pronounced" as one might like and seemed "a bit watered down." Even with some "serious tannin and spice," the mouth feel was smooth and the body was well structured. Complex fruit, leather, mint and pepper flavours lingered in the finish.
      Food Friendliness: Rare roast beef brings out the wine's spice, and the wine will cut the meat's fat.

    • Gold – 2005 Barossa Wine Show
    • Gold – 2005 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2005 Canberra Wine Show
    • Silver – 2004 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Silver – 2005 Great Australian Wine Challenge
    • Silver – 2006 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Silver – 2005 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Silver – 2005 San Francisco International Wine Competition
    • Bronze – 2006 Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2005 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2005 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2006 International Wine Challenge London
    • Other (Grand Prix D’Exellence Red Wine of the Year) – 2006 Hamburger Wein Salon
    • James Halliday
      James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2007

      Traditional blackberry, plum, earth, spice and vanilla; good mouth feel and length; impressive given the vintage.

    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator Dec 2005

      Brawny, generous and juicy with black cherry, blackberry, game and leather notes that mingle tightly on the nicely focused finish.

    • Tyson Stelzer
      Tyson StelzerTop 500 Wines of 2005-2006 April 2005

      A rich, ripe and sweet cherry/plum fruited wine with spice, pepper,
      coffee and vanillin oak. Tannins are soft and a balanced morello
      cherry acidity balances the sweet fruit. This is a wine to enjoy young. 90 out of 100 points. (Very good wine.) Best drinking around: 2005-2008. This bottle was sealed with a cork. Like it.

    • Linda Murphy
      Linda MurphySan Francisco Chronicle USA

      There is wonderful balance and complexity here, with jazzy blackberry and raspberry fruit, black olive, mocha and vanilla notes and mouth watering acidity -- racy and lively. Rated: excellent

  • 2002 Filsell Shiraz
    • 93 Points – James Halliday

      Stacked full of blackberry and plum fruit, supple and rich; ripe tannins and good oak support.

    • 91 Points – Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator Jun 2005

      Rich and ripe, balanced with lively acidity. A generous mouthful of red berry, cherry and liquorice flavours, shaded with subtle spices and a polished mouthfeel that lets the flavours sail nicely.

    • Gold – 2004 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Gold – 2004 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Silver – 2004 Hobart Wine Show
    • Silver – 2004 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Silver – 2004 Canberra Wine Show
    • Silver – 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2004 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Silver – 2004 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
    • Bronze – 2004 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Raymond Chan
      Raymond ChanRegional Wines New Zealand, August 2004

      The 2002 Filsell may well be the best ever wine made under this label and reflects the concentration and weight from 80+ vines from a special vineyard and an outstanding growing season. Impenetrable black-purple-red colour. Wonderful, piquant, aromatic nose with florals and spices of nuanced shiraz and subtle American oak. Fully ripened fruit this is lush, plush and juicy. Elegant, yet with great power and concentration. Supple, but substantial tannins, very, very fine-grained and beautifully long finish with violet, pepper and liquorice flavours 10 – 15 years cellaring possible. 20.0/20 points (perfection!)

  • 2001 Filsell Shiraz
    • 90 Points – James Halliday

      Deeply coloured; archetypal Burge/Barossa dark berry and vanilla aromas, the palate with interesting and attractive savoury edges, possibly varying fruit ripeness.

    • Gold – 2003 NZ Liquorland International Wine Competition
    • Gold – 2003 San Francisco International Wine Competition
    • Bronze – 2004 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
    • Bronze – 2003 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Royal Queensland Show
    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine spectator Apr 2004

      Ripe and rich, with a toasty note weaving through the black cherry, dark plum and spicy oak flavours, finishing solid.

    • Food and Wine, The Daily Telegraph, 2 April 2003
      Food and Wine, The Daily Telegraph, 2 April 2003

      Most of the fruit for this robust Barossa red came from Burge’s Filsell vineyard – planted between 25-80 years ago. In 2001, the fruit had an added dimension of weight and flavour richness so Burge matured a large portion in toasted oak. The result is a mélange of spicy, charred nuances supporting the classic chocolate of Barossa shiraz.

    • Wine Watch, April 2003
      Wine Watch, April 2003

      Grant Burge’s 2000 Filsell Shiraz sold out last year, and the newly released 2001 Filsell is set to be just as much of a success. The wine has a big, full, fleshy palate with abundant fresh cherry, raspberry and plum flavours. It can be consumer now, but the complexity of the palate indicates it will mature will over the next 12-15 years. The 2001 Filsell Shiraz complements the finest meat and game dishes, robust casseroles or aged cheeses

  • 2000 Filsell Shiraz
    • Gold – 2002 San Francisco Wine Competition
    • Gold – 2002 Barossa Wine Show
    • Gold – 2002 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Gold – 2003 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
    • Silver – 2002 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2002 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Silver – 2002 Canberra Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Perth Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Los Angeles County Fair USA
    • Other (5 Stars) | Ralph Kyte-Powell & Huon Hooke
      Ralph Kyte-Powell & Huon HookeUncorked, Sydney Morning Herald, November 2002

      Filsell seems to have become bigger over the years. It’s a classic Barossa, with generous chocolate, malt and vanilla aromas, plus some mint and spice. It’s soft and smooth and chewy in the mouth, with big, soft fruitcake flavours.

    • Other (4.5 Stars) – Winestate Magazine March 2002
      Winestate Magazine March 2002

      Intense fruit nose balanced by nice spice/liquorice/meaty characters. Big complex mouth filling tarry/liquorice flavours. Nice smoky oak and long tannins.

    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator Dec 2002

      Rich in texture and nicely packed with red currant, blackberry and licorice flavours on a smoth, gooey fram. A classic Barossa style that reins in the flavours and lets them sing on a harmonious finish.

    • Joelle Thomson
      Joelle ThomsonWine Magazine, August 2002

      It’s not surprising that this single vineyard mid-tier wine is a big seller. For just $30 you can drink a wine with delicious ripe, sweet shirazy plum flavours, a velvet, smooth texture and more than a modicum of complexity. But Filsell Shiraz is about more than just all those impressive components. This is an impressively styled wine, sporting subtle integration of flavour and refinement that means it can age well. And at this price, what are you waiting for?

    • Tony Wilson
      Tony WilsonGold Coast Sun July 2002

      …is an excellent red-purple colour and main aromas are violets, plums, berry fruit and spices. It is a big chewy red with tight tannins and should cellar well for eight years. A fine shiraz in any company.

  • 1999 Filsell Shiraz
    • Silver – 2002 Winpac, Hong Kong Wine Challenge
    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator 2001

      Firm texture, with juicy plum and black cherry character that rests on a supple frame and keeps glowing on the finish. Tannins are fine-grained but need some time.

  • 1998 Filsell Shiraz
    • Gold – 2001 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Silver – 2000 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2000 Hobart Wine Show
    • Silver – 2000 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Silver – 2000 Canberra Wine Show
    • Silver – 2000 Liquorland New Zealand
    • Bronze – 2000 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2000 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2001 International Wine and Spirit Competition
    • Bronze – 2001 London Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2001 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Alex Berry
      Alex BerryWine Selector, Shepparton News, Mar 2011

      If you've got the time, patience and room in the cellar, then get a case of any vintage. No, get two cases, and put them away for a decade or more and they will reward you with the most enticing voluptuous drinking experience you could imagine. I pulled this from my cellar last night and let it breathe in a decanter for 20 minutes, then I poured it through my Venturi aerator to maximise the aromatics, and it blew me away. The cork was still in good condition and did its job well. From nearly 100 year-old vines planted in alluvial soils near Lyndoch, it was ink coloured and still had powerful, concentrated aromatics. The palate was soft and rich and the solid backbone of tannins was there to balance the lingering finish. It got better the longer it stayed in the glass.

    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator Nov 2000

      Smooth and focused, offering distinctively minty, anise-scented blackberry flavours that linger amid the fine tannins on the finish.

  • 1997 Filsell Shiraz
    • 90 Points – James Halliday

      Medium red-purple; the bouquet has a nicely balanced mix of chocolate-toned fruit and vanilla oak, swelling into soft, sweet dark cherry fruit on the well-balanced and flavoured palate. While the oak is very much part of the style, has been well controlled throughout. All in all, a lovely wine.

  • 1996 Filsell Shiraz
    • 91 Points – Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator Mar 1999

      Ripe and spicy, here's a generous and focused red from Australia, dripping with blackberry, black cherry, anise and leather flavours that keep pumping through the long finish. Its fine tannins can use cellaring.

    • 91 Points – Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWineSpectator.com Mar 1999

      Ripe and spicy, here's a generous and focused red from Australia, dripping with blackberry, black cherry, anise and leather flavours that keep pumping through the long finish. Its fine tannins can use cellaring.

  • 1995 Filsell Shiraz
    • Bronze – 1997Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
  • 1993 Filsell Shiraz
    • Bronze – 1995 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge

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