Grant Burge Abednego Mgs
ABEDNEGO SHIRAZ MOURVÈDRE GRENACHE
The Abednego completes the Icon trio of super-premium reds from Grant Burge Wines, sitting alongside the highly awarded Meshach Shiraz and Shadrach Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit for this wine is sourced from vines with more than 100 years of age. The old vines deliver fruit with incredible concentration and depth giving the resultant wine the ability to develop over many years. Due to the dry growing season, crop levels were very low. However, they produced extremely high-quality red wines with great colour and magnificent structure. The hand-picked fruit is a blend of 38% Shiraz, 35% Mourvèdre and 27% Grenache.
After crushing, the juice was fermented on skins for seven to eight days depending on the variety and unique qualities of each batch. Once fermentation was complete, selected parcels were either pressed into stainless steel for settling or left in their original fermenters for extended maceration for three to four weeks on skins. The wines were regularly tasted to determine when to finish maceration, and once the desired tannin and flavour structure was achieved it was gently pressed and transferred to oak. A combination of seasoned larger format Foudre vats (2500L) along with French oak puncheons (500L) are used for this wine with a total of 16 months\' maturation prior to bottling. The larger oak format retains freshness of fruit yet delivers the benefits of ageing in oak with a softening of the tannins and maturation of the aromas and flavours.
The Abednego is a richly flavoured and elegantly structured wine with aromas of damp earth, cumin and raspberries accompanied by fennel bulb. A beautifully balanced palate with fine tannin providing very good texture and excellent length, complemented by flavours of plums, spice and liquorice with hints of vanilla. The dense, mouth-filling mid-palate and long, textural finish combine to create a wine that is rich and elegant, that will sit beautifully on any table now or cellar gracefully for 9 to 17 years.