Charles Melton `Nine Popes` Barossa Valley

Rich and complex Rhône style blend but with great Australian style concentration of flavour.
Country, Region: Australia, Barossa Valley
Grape: 50% Grenache, 48% Syrah, 2% Mourvèdre
Vintage: 2016
ABV: 14.5%
Food friend: Lamb Steaks
£74.99 Single bottle
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This wine is deep red in colour with a floral bouquet. This vintage is structured and spicy with sweet red fruit and floral flavours which will develop further over time. It is rich and complex in the Popes tradition.

Charles Melton Wines has produced premium Barossa red wines since 1984. At that time, Charlie and a small band of Barossan 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 in this blend comes from old bush vines in the Barossa, many of which are over 80 years old. The Mourvèdre is also from a small parcel of bush vines in the Eden Valley, whilst the Shiraz is trellis grown. The blend is made up primarily of grapes from Charles Melton's prime vineyards plus some from the vineyards of a small number of trusted partner growers. None of the vineyards are irrigated, they are all dry grown. This coupled with the low yielding old vines leads to great concentrations of flavour in the grapes.

Charlie Melton uses a range of different techniques in the production of the Nine Popes. Both whole bunch and whole berry fermentation is completed and temperatures are kept cool. The wine is aged on lees for 24-28 months in French oak, of which 60% is new oak. The wine is then naturally settled and bottled without fining.

Enjoy alongside Lamb Steaks with Chimichurri sauce

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