2018 Charles Melton 'La Belle Mère' GSM

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Year 2018

Producer Charles Melton

Region Australia, SA, Barossa Valley

Variety Grenache, Red Blends

Alcohol 14.5%

Size 750ml

Serving temperature 18/20°C

Type Red

Pairing beef, pasta, lamb, game (venison, deer)

Bright medium deep colour. Strong spicy garrigue lift but with very evident Grenache musk floating over the top. A touch of pastille perhaps too? Round mid weight attack into the mouth but plush. Not overweight but still rich. The longer it sits in the glass, the more evident the musky sweet elements become.

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.