02.10.20

Up In The Grant Burge League

‘League Of Three’ is a new range of wines from leading Barossa producer Grant Burge, named as a tribute to the trinity of people, land and devotion which is at the heart of the company’s winemaking.

The range was created to offer a medium-bodied, approachable and balanced wine that stays true to the Grant Burge philosophy of minimal intervention and maximum terroir expression.  In pursuit of this taste profile, the winemaking team had to look beyond the Barossa, and The League Of Three Chardonnay and Shiraz blended wines combine the depth and generosity of the Barossa with the fruit definition and natural acidity from the Limestone Coast. 

Grant Burge, League Of Three Chardonnay 2020                                                      RRP £10.00, Tesco

ABV 13.5%

“2020 was a challenging vintage,” explains winemaker Belinda Sinclair.  “We had lower than average crops as the growing season was so hot and dry.  But the upside to these drought conditions, combined as they were with cool night temperatures, was very low disease pressures and exceptional character and flavour in the fruit - meaning vibrant and balanced wines. 

The Chardonnay grapes from the Wrattenbully and Padthaway vineyards in the Limestone Coast bring bright citrus characters and a tight, mineral driven palate to the wine; whereas the Barossa fruit - from a selection of southern vineyards, mainly around Lyndoch - gives richness, intense stonefruit and fresh tropical flavours, together with a plush, soft mouthfeel.

The wine is fermented in stainless steel with a short period of maturation in French oak, as the winemaking team was looking for something bright and vibrant, alongside a marriage of the characters of both regions.  The end result is a harmonious, food-friendly and approachable style with a creamy mid-palate and crisp clean finish. 

In a league of its own with roast turkey and parsnip purée, or a homemade chicken and leek pie!

 

Grant Burge, League Of Three Shiraz 2019                                                                RRP £10.00, Tesco

ABV 14%

“With this wine, we really wanted to create something that was approachable and ready to drink now, but with enough depth and complexity to be taken seriously.  So, a combination of red berry fruit and spice from the Limestone Coast, with some Barossa depth and power,” says Winemaker Matt Turner.

The winemaking team turned to Coonawarra and Wrattonbully vineyards in the Limestone coast as their terra rossa soil and cooler climate gave the bright red fruit characters they were looking for, with a distinctive black pepper note.  They combined this with fruit from a selection of Barossa vineyards to give a chocolate-note richness and plushness on the palate.  The warm dry conditions of the 2019 vintage resulted in small berries and very low crop levels, adding to the quality of the Limestone Coast fruit and good depth and concentration in the Barossa Shiraz.

All fruit was destemmed, and the blended wine was fermented in stainless steel with pumpovers four times a day.  The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in tank, and was then matured for several months in a combination of tanks and older French oak 300l barrels.

Matt describes this as a versatile wine, well suited to veal and lighter pasta dishes.

Grant Burge Wines is located in the heart of South Australia’s celebrated Barossa Valley.  Its classic Barossa wines are recognised all over the world for their consistent quality, as a result of being crafted from the finest Barossa fruit and dedicated hands-on winemaking.