Charles Melton Nine Popes is a deep red wine with a floral bouquet. This vintage is structured and spicy with nuances of sweet red fruit and floral aromas. Its complexity is due to 24-28 months aging in French Oak, leaving a rich and structured flavour profile that will develop further with age.
Nine Popes is Melton's nod to the great wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is as rich, powerful and beautifully balanced as the best examples from France. Almost a permanent feature in Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines.
|Grape||50% Grenache, 48% Syrah, 2% Mourvèdre|
|Style||Dry, Red, Full Bodied, Red Fruit, Floral, Rich, Complex and Powerful|
|Region||Barossa Valley, South Eastern Australia
About the Producer
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.
Vineyard and Winery
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.
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