FAMILY OF WINEMAKERS
Trent Burge’s family history in the Barossa Valley goes back to 1855 when his great-great-great grandfather John Burge immigrated to South Australia.
He began work as a winemaker, and every generation since has followed. Winemaking is well and truly in the Burge blood.
Trent has grown to craft new stories in wine. Barossa Boy is his passion project; his heart worn proudly on his sleeve. Tales of generational wisdom and legendary old vines are blended with fresh perspective and a worldly, modern palate.
Honouring the wisdom of our forebears and present-day Barossa spirit, Barossa Boy aims to leave its own legacy.
Finest regional fruit is selected from sites that allow each variety to best express itself: bold, concentrated Shiraz from the valley floor, cool climate Eden Valley Cabernet, dry-grown Mataro, lively, untrellised bush vine Grenache.
Time-honoured (and often time-consuming) winemaking methods are predominant. The occasional modern innovation creeps in if it bolsters our confidence in quality. Thus, grapes are gently crushed with the fine control of a mechanical basket press. Fermentation and hand plunging of skins takes place in traditional open concrete tanks at the Barossa’s iconic Illaparra winery in Tanunda. We view the entire winemaking process as custodianship and gentle guidance of our Barossa fruit, for sublime and honest regional expression.
Fruit parcels are individually barrel matured for greatest control over the final blend. From a couple of preferred oak brands, Barossa Boy primarily selects French oak for its ability to add structure, and small amounts of American oak to add depth without overpowering. New and old barrels allow us to tweak the oak influence even further, as does using two styles of each oak for each grape variety. The result: an array of subtle nuances to play with, adding complexity and layers to each final blend. Fruit character foremost, with complementary oak, is Barossa Boy’s blending philosophy.
ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF THE BAROSSA
Barossa Boy wines are devoted to the ultimate expression of the Barossa region’s signature varieties and distinctive characters. Each vintage brings the anticipation of a new chapter, and the opportunity to bottle the season’s tale from bud to harvest.
Barossa Boy wines are crafted for rewarding enjoyment upon release, and to repay careful cellaring.