Charles Melton Wines has produced premium Barossa red wines since 1984. At that time, Charlie and a small band of Barossa winemakers turned their winemaking efforts to what were then considered a couple of unfashionable varieties: Shiraz and Grenache. These wines were initially styled on those from the Rhône but are now considered leading examples of the varieties in their own right.
The Grenache fruit in this blend comes principally from old dry grown bush vines, the Barossa being one of the last areas that contains such a rich resource. The Shiraz and Mataro are a mix of trellis grown and bush vines of similar age. All grapes are dry grown and harvested from the winery's prime Barossa vineyards as well as from a select group of grape growers. Yields are extremely low and the vineyards are truly old with many exceeding 80 years.
Charlie Melton uses a range of different techniques in the Nine Popes, including whole bunch fermentation, along with de-stemmed but uncrushed fruit. The ferment temperature is kept moderate at 18-22ºC to help retain fruit flavours and elegance. After pressing, the wine was aged predominantly in older oak on its lees, with only 25% new oak used. No fining agents were used.
Deep bright crimson colour. A reserved but distinct Provençal herb nose with just a little hint of green leaf. A little of the typical talcum powder perfume already starting to shine through. Lovely, soft tannins and mouthfeel.
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Name Charles Melton Nine Popes Country Australia Region Barossa Valley ABV% 14.5% Vintage 2015 Grape Variety 49% Grenache, 48% Shiraz, 3% Mataro Size 750ml Dietary Information No