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I spent Saturday roaming around Barossa Valley which included a stop at Grant Burge Winery.  I visited their tasting room on Krondorf Road in Tanunda, one of three tasting rooms Grant Burge has in the Valley.

Grant Burge is fifth-generation winemaker who formed Grant Burge Wines in 1988 on Jacobs Creek, in the heart of the Barossa Valley.

Grant Burge Wines produces a whopping 350,000 cases of wine each year.  I rarely review or visit wineries of this size, but wanted to check this one out since I had heard so much about the wines.  Sixty five percent of Grant Burge wine is sold in Australia and the remaining thirty five percent is sold in 40 other countries.

As with all of my tasting room experiences thus far in Australia, the tasting room staff members at Grant Burge were exceptionally friendly and eager to talk about their wines.

My first experience with Grant Burge was at dinner on Thursday evening at a local Argentinean Steakhouse.  Our server was very “keen” on this particular wine so I went with it.  For those who indulge in early 90’s hip hop, you may recognize Shadrach as a name of one of the Beastie Boys’ songs.  Yet another reason to try this wine. grant-burge-shadrach

Grant Burge 2006 Shadrach

This 100% cabernet sauvignon is one of Grant Burge’s flagship ‘Icon’ wines.  Deep dark purple in color with a nose of pungent cracked pepper along with blackberries, plums and tobacco.  The pepper component was very pronounced to the point that I wondered if they blended in a Cabernet Franc.  Definite tannins complemented by backed blackberry, coffee and vanilla in the mouth.    This wine retails for ~ $60AUD ($42US) at the winery, and cost $75AUD ($52US) at the restaurant – a very reasonable mark up.

At the tasting room, I sampled about a dozen Grant Burge offerings, a couple of the notables include:

grant-burge-merlot1Grant Burge 2007 Hillcot Merlot

Dark red/purple color.  Dark berries and bacon fat on the nose.  Seemed a bit tightly wound in the mouth with earth, blackberry and an herbaceous component in the mouth.  I’m thinking this one needs more time in the bottle.   $18.95AUD/bottle ($13US) at the winery.

Grant Burge Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

A blend of 58% Semillon and 42% Sauvignon Blanc.  Blending Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc seems to be a common practice for many wineries here.  Pale straw color.  A very floral nose along with grapefruit and tart unripe lemon.  Nice acidity with passion fruit and grapefruit in the mouth. This paired nicely with the meat and cheese platter I had at the winery.  $14.95AUD/bottle (~$10US) at the winery.

For more information on Grant Burge, check out this interview on the ‘Got Tannins?’ website:  http://www.gottannins.com/news/grant-burge-owner-of-grant-burge-wines/

Interestingly, Grant Burge gives a great nugget of timely advice in the article… when asked “advice for new wine enthusiasts?”  Mr. Burge provide sage advice… “Drink what you like.”    Hmmmm… where have we heard that before!?!?!?!

Grant Burge wines are distributed in the United States by Wilson Daniels Imports.

Also stopped at a wildlife refuge to feed the locals…