Charles Melton Nine Popes Barossa Valley 2013



Deep bright crimson colour. A reserved but distinct provencal 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.

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 grapegrowers. Yields are extremely low and the vineyards are truly old with many exceeding 80 years.

2012 saw the on-set of a fast and furious start to vintage, with red grape varieties across the board ripening with good varietal colour, character and aromatics.

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.

14.5% abv


Charles Melton Nine Popes Barossa Valley 2013
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