A super-premium Barossa Shiraz sourced from 90 year old vines was named the best Shiraz in the World over the weekend.
The Grant Burge Wines 2010 Filsell Shiraz, took the honours at Winestate Magazine's World's Greatest Shiraz Challenge VIII, beating over 700 international Shirazes from France, South Africa, New Zealand and every major region in Australia.
"I couldn't be prouder of our Filsell Shiraz," Grant Burge said today as he celebrated in the Barossa. "From vintage to vintage it just keeps on winning.
"We've now won 5 major trophies, 22 gold medals and 47 silver medals since Filsell's release in 1992."
Grant attributed its success to the unique Barossa vineyard which gives the wine its name.
"The Filsell Vineyard has a unique place in the history of the Barossa Valley and Grant Burge Wines," he said. The vines are over 90 years old and make up one of the largest patches of historical varietal fruit in the Barossa.
"This is a very special piece of Barossa history: an old vineyard, planted in the traditional style, and still bearing exceptional quality fruit. It is one of the few significant survivors of the vine pull scheme of the early 1980s and it crams character into each berry."
He described the 2010 Filsell Shiraz as having incredible depth of colour and a "rare purity of fruit" in the bouquet.
"The 2010 vintage was a great year and it has all of those ripe blackberry and blackcurrant aromas infused with rich vanilla and milk chocolate notes," Grant said. "The palate is beautifully weighted, with optimal balance between concentrated fruit flavours, sweet spices, tannins and acidity."