Shiraz South Australia
Grant Burge has collated an assembly of the finest parcels from his inventory of splendid grower vineyards to fashion this full flavoured, early drinking Shiraz. Benchmark articulates the definition of generously proportioned yet approachable Barossa Shiraz, the name sets the high standard of quality, style and taste, which others strive to emulate. Immensely satisfying with vibrant varietal expressions of ripe plum and soft cherry spice, Benchmark is fashioned for the red wine enthusiast with the focus on everyday enjoyment.
Grant Burge's extensive network of vineyards and growers guarantees access to the finest quality fruit, harvests of fully ripe Shiraz exhibiting outstanding flavour and balance. Burge has taken an active interest for decades in developing and nurturing sites that allow for maximum development of varietal Shiraz characters and concentration of flavour. Burge selects the best grapes, much of the fruit from traditional winemaking families. Fruit is crushed, de-stemmed and transferred to fermenters for a week of vinification. Upon completion of malolactic, batches are transferred to older American and French oak hogsheads for ten months maturation and the final assemblage.
Deep red with vibrant, youthful purple hues. A complex nose showing soft plum fruit aromas and a touch of sweet vanilla. The palate is soft and generous, bursting with dark berry fruit and festive cake characters, savoury yet subtle peppered spice adding to the complexity. A generous wine with layers of flavour over a bed of fine tannins.