2012 Grant Burge Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon
The Collective Review
As far as Barossan global powerhouses go, few offer the opulence and gravitas as Grant Burge’s Shadrach Cabernet.
Drawing on a wealth of experience in the region, Grant Burge and his wife Helen established their brand in 1988 and have developed a formidable range of wines. You know the names. The names that are synonymous with classic Australian reds. There's Meshach. There's Filsell. There’s Corryton Park Cabernet. And of course there's Shadrach.
One of the Barossa’s most illustrious and high-flying Cabernets with fruit sourced from premium vineyards, this icon from the stellar 2012 vintage already has 10 years on. Indulge now and you’ll be getting a supremely enjoyable experience but it could also keep going for years - if you can resist!
If there's space in your life and your cellar for more wine, then find no other way than to make it this exemplary Grant Burge statement piece.
The Eden Valley contributed 54%, the Barossa Valley 46%; cabernet sauvignon 93%, petit verdot 7%. Matured for 18 months in French oak (60% new). The colour is still deep and powerful, and the wine is likewise. It may be called a baroque style, and indeed it is, but you have to respect it – even enjoy it. Read more
The Eden Valley contributed 54%, the Barossa Valley 46%; cabernet sauvignon 93%, petit verdot 7%. Matured for 18 months in French oak (60% new). The colour is still deep and powerful, and the wine is likewise. It may be called a baroque style, and indeed it is, but you have to respect it – even enjoy it.
Deep red colour with a good purple tinge. The bouquet is fresh and bright and loaded with ripe cabernet blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, the oak is tucked neatly in the background and the wine is quite fruit-driven. Some leafy notes but it's good and ripe. It's intense and fresh, elegant and lively, with a good oak backing and fine dry tannins - but the fruit leads the charge. A very smart Barossa cabernet.
Unusual to see how medium bodied this is. Plenty of tannins too. It's more like an Eden Valley Cabernet really and is primed for the cellar.
- Producer: Grant Burge
- Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
- Region: Barossa Valley
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: 2012
- Cellar until 2030
Style GuideLight Intense
Don't be fooled, despite the concentration and density of this Barossan red it still has a certain elegance to it. Mid weight, yet ripe and tannic, it's the model of Barossa Cabernet.
A wine of distinction and one of the Barossa Valley's iconic wines. If you are looking for a wine to cellar for a long time, this is it.
The wine underwent traditional fermentation in stainless steel static fermenters with a portion of fruit left on skins to undergo extended maceration to develop its complexity. The balance underwent primary and malolactic fermentation in predominantly French oak, then matured in new and 2 to 4-year-old oak for a further 18 months.