By James Atkinson

The 19th vintage of Grant Burge Wines' flagship, Meshach Shiraz 2009, epitomises old vine intensity and longevity, Grant Burge says.

Named after Burge's great grandfather, a central figure in establishing the family’s winemaking tradition, Meshach is comprised of fruit handpicked from vines close to 100 years old.

“This wine is a tribute to Meshach Burge and what he achieved. In addition, he lived to be 99, showing true longevity in life, so what better name for a long living wine than Meshach," Grant Burge said.

The 2009 was a dry vintage with lower than average rainfall over the growing season, but Burge said this lack of rain contributed to exceptional concentration of flavour in the grapes and overall conditions leading up to harvest were near perfect, producing a balanced and elegant wine.

"I expect the 2009 will be one of the great vintages of the decade and a wine that will have longevity for 20 years or more," he said.

The 2009 Meshach Shiraz has already received a gold medal at the Sydney International Wine Competition and as always has been carefully cellared for five years before release.

The 2009 Meshach has a retail price of $180.00 per bottle.

The Shout Team

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