Burnbrae, Mudgee

 

Who: Burnbrae Burnbrae-Logo

Where: Mudgee, central western New South Wales

What: Wines that are so good they’ve got six currently listed as some of the best in the country!

Why: Because this secret is too good not to share

Website: www.BurnbraeWines.com.au 

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Eurovision may have come and gone for another year, but if you love stellar performances by relative unknowns then you’re going to love Burnbrae.

With three of their wines (yes, THREE!) currently listed in Winestate’s 2014 Top 40 Best Value Wines across Australia and New Zealand, and ANOTHER THREE (crazy, huh?!) finalists for the overall Wine of the Year Burnbrae is definitely a name you’re going to be hearing a lot more of in the future.

Let’s just say that again to get it straight. No less than six wines from their range – 6 – are now listed as some of the very best wines out of all the tens of thousands of wines produced in the Whole. Of. Australia. And NZ. That is pretty amazing. (No matter how you feel about New Zealand.)

And we’re just a wee bit excited to be introducing you to them now – before they sign all those global record deals and hit the red carpets – so you can get first dibs at discovering just what amazing things they’re doing to those grapes in the New South Wales region of Mudgee.

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So who’s behind all this great wine?

Tony and Jill Bryant were hard working broadacre farmers in the Mudgee area when, in 2004, they traded in that life to follow their passion in wine and buy the Burnbrae vineyards – which had been originally planted in 1968, making them some of the oldest in the region. Now the second generation is coming through, with daughter Trine (Katrina) Gay and her husband Andrew taking up the reigns (allowing Tony to do what he loves best, working in the vineyards!), and have appointed the über fabulous winemaker Lisa Bray to weave her extraordinary magic.

“Lisa’s touch has made all the difference,” General Manager Andrew Gay tells us. “She’s taking the wines into new territory, and crafting them in a style that people enjoy drinking.” And boy do they enjoy drinking them. Burnbrae’s trophy cabinet is nearing time for an upgrade just to fit them all in.

You want wine that’s hand made? This is it.

Many wineries are trying to push the “small, boutique” marketing line right now, but few can actually make those claims with any sort of authenticity. At Burnbrae, they ain’t cuttin’ any corners. The vines are all hand-tended, hand picked and then basket pressed.

Basket pressing, as a way of crushing the harvested grapes, is hugely labour intensive but is the traditional and most gentle way of extracting wine from the grapes. See what we mean? No corners avoided. They’re doing it the old fashioned way. And that extra time and care can be tasted in every glass.

What wines do they produce? fab_ladies_new__78208.1401244199.1280.1280__53359.1401244453.380.380

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Reds:

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sangiovese
  • Shiraz
  • Shiraz Viognier
  • Pinot Noir

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Whites:

  •  Viognier
  • Pinot Gris
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc

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There’s also, of course, their high lauded Rosè plus they do a Sticky Semillon and some fortifieds too. They also do a wickedly delicious red blend they call the ‘Clive Gale’ which is made from Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz and Petit Verdot. (But, ssssshhh….it’s become a bit of a fab ladies team favourite.) Clive was the first ever winemaker at Burnbrae in the early 70’s.  He had open fermenter’s out under the Peppercorn Trees which surround the cellar door and courtyard today.

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Visiting the Cellar Door

The gorgeous and rustic Burnbrae cellar door is open 7 days from 10am to 4pm, and they’re just a few kilometres north west of the town of Mudgee in central New South Wales.  Mudgee is about a four hour drive from Sydney. If you’re planning a Mudgee wine weekend anytime soon, then these guys should be at the very top of your visit list.

While there’s no restaurant on site, they do have a large commercial kitchen which means they have something even more perfect for your vineyard visit – huge picnic platters! You can pick up your platter and, after your tasting, choose a bottle of wine, find a shady tree to sit under with a view of the vines and indulge in some fabulous local produce.

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From that same kitchen they also host monthly long lunches at the cellar door and other functions during the year. Check the Burnbrae website for more detais and dates. Thinking about holding your wedding or another celebration in Mudgee? You can even hold your own function on site.

Try their wines in the online wine club with FREE delivery!

WineClub3We’re featuring Burnbrae as our winery of the month for June 2014 in the online wine club! This is your chance to try two of our favourites from their range – the incredible 2013 Rose and the 2012 Shiraz (both part of that Winestate list) – delivered to your door as a little twin pack, a six pack or a dozen. All with FREE delivery!

GO CHECK IT OUT NOW.

 

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