The Grant Burge Wines Filsell vineyard of near century old vines is considered one of the best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, and consistently produces fruit of incredible intensity and concentration. Planted in 1920, the Filsell vineyard also produces some of the fruit for the highly acclaimed Meshach Shiraz, making the Filsell Shiraz a sought-after younger brother to loyal followers.
The 2017 vintage in the Barossa saw cool, wet conditions during December, January and February resulted in a very late vintage. Warm, mild conditions through March & April combined with excellent canopy density allowed the fruit to attain excellent flavour ripeness while maintaining good levels of natural acidity.
Individual 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 French and American oak for 20 months.
Appearance: An intense and deep, inky purple
Bouquet: Chocolate and coffee bean with hints of cinnamon, vanilla & blackberry
Palate: A powerful wine, rich and dense, with loads of plum, dark chocolate and spice. Long persistent tannins are balanced by richness and sweetness of fruit.