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Grant Burge Wines shine at the Sydney International Wine Competition

Just two weeks before its national and international release the highly anticipated 2002 Grant Burge Meshach has won one of the most prestigious trophies at the 2007 Sydney International Wine Competition.

The 2002 Grant Burge Meshach, described by Grant as the greatest he has ever made, was last week awarded the Fesq & Company Perpetual Trophy for Best Medium-Bodied Dry Red Wine, winning a Blue-Gold Award and named as one of the Top 100 Wines of the competition.

The team at Grant Burge celebrated not only the Meshach win, but also toasted the success of the Grant Burge 2002 Abednego SGM. This wine received a Blue-Gold Award in the Lighter Bodied Dry Red Wine class and a Top 100 listing. The Grant Burge 20 Year Old Tawny also came away with a Blue-Gold Award in the Fortified Wine class.

The prestigious Sydney International Wine Competition judges wines on their ability to accompany food, aiming to offer consumers independent information to assist their daily wine choices.

The Grant Burge winemaking and viticultural team has been anticipating the release of the 2002 Meshach since experiencing the perfect growing conditions of the 2002 season.

“Something very special happened in 2002 in the Barossa and this wine tells the story of that time,” Grant said.

“The good winter rains of 2001 followed by the Indian summer of 2002 provided near perfect conditions for the fruit to ripen slowly. This gave the wine a concentrated flavour and character. It’s widely considered one of the great vintages of the last 20 years.”

Since its first vintage in 1988, the Meshach label has been heralded by wine retailers, auctioneers and valuers as one of this country’s greatest red wines, being benchmarked against fellow Barossa icons, Penfold’s Grange and Henschke’s Hill of Grace.

The majority of the fruit for the Meshach label is sourced from the Filsell Vineyard, which was established in the early 1920s, along with selected small parcels of fruit from vineyards aged at over 100 years.

These historic vines have contributed to the outstanding power and intensity of the wine, which has an acid and tannin structure that allows for long-term cellaring.

“The wine is only made from excellent quality vintages and released after five years of barrel and bottle maturation,” said Grant. “In fact, we didn’t bottle a Meshach in 1989 and 1997 due to the conditions experienced during those vintages.”

The Meshach was named after Grant’s great-grandfather, who was central to the establishment of the Burge family’s winemaking tradition in the Barossa.

The 2002 Grant Burge Meshach will be officially launched in the Barossa Valley on Friday March 23rd, 2007.

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