- Tasting Notes
Producer Charles Melton
Region Australia, SA, Barossa Valley
Serving temperature 18/20°C
Pairing beef, lamb, game (venison, deer), poultry
Deep crimson but bright colour. Clean, dark Marella jube nose. Black fruits more than red. A very light touch of Lyndoch graphite or gunmetal but with our cellar style sweet fruit perfume mixed in. Lovely deep texture with a mix of plum sweetness and herby extension of the palate. On second look, even a touch of sweet grilled meats.
Since the first vintage of Charles Melton Wines in 1984, this small Barossa Valley winery has gained both national and international recognition for its fine red table wines.
The wines move from a light red, ‘The Rose of Virginia’ through to Australia’s premier Rhone-style red, ‘Nine Popes’. Charlie Melton also makes small quantities of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sparkling Shiraz, and is the only Australian producer of a vin-santo styled dessert wine, Sotto di Ferro.
Charlie was one of the first to recognize the value and tradition of the Barossa’s old vineyard Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. At a time when others were pulling out vineyards of Shiraz to plant more fashionable varieties, Charlie was convincing farmers to keep their historic vineyards. He was one of a small group of winemakers who helped retain the viticultural heritage of the Barossa.