Tasting and thoughts: Grant Burge Daly Road Shiraz Mourvedre 2012
Grant Burge has a reputation for producing a large range of outstanding wines, from the top tier Meshach Shiraz, to the Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon, the family can draw upon large resources for grapes and makes wines of very high quality. This wine is classified by Grant Burge as among the ‘Vineyard Range’, producing drinkable wines with short-term cellaring potential. This is a single vineyard wine, as the name suggests, located near Lyndoch, which can be found at the southern end of the Barossa Valley. The name of Lyndoch is very much linked to the history of the Barossa, since the town gets its name from Lord Lynedoch, who fought in the Battle of Barrosa (the originally intended name of the Barossa Valley). The Lyndoch area is also home to other high achieving winemakers, such as Schild and Kellermeister.
Unlike the 2011 Barossa vintage, which has produced, by and large, a lack of impressive wines, 2010 and 2012 were fantastic years – 2012 being the most hailed, even though 2010 has produced two 100 point wines in Penfolds St Henri Shiraz and Penfolds Grange. With good winter rains providing good ground moisture, the spring in the Barossa saw healthy vine development at every stage, backed by mild days and cool to mild nights. Despite a heat spike over the Christmas-New Year period, the vintage proceeded without a hitch, creating a blockbuster vintage. So even the more approachable wines, as this wine is, exude a consistent quality and a great impression.
From the outside, the bottle design is very sleek and understated, and attractive. It certainly stands out on the shelf with the greyish-charcoal label and understated gold text. The wine is sealed with a screwcap and comes in at 14% alcohol.
The colour is a purple-red, youthfully strong and vibrant in colour. The nose gives soft vanilla from the subtle oak treatment, blue and black fruits, bits of toasted wood, and some minty eucalypt. Tasting the wine gives soft, supple but slightly drying tannins, white pepper, star anise, soft spice and integrated alcohol. After that comes some milk chocolate and cocoa bits.
Wait no longer - this is a drink now wine, drunk with Seared Lamb, pesto mayonnaise, roasted sweet potato and roasted onion, with a pan juice and balsamic sauce. Very smooth weeknight drinking, or guzzling with friends over Christmas.