Charles Melton Wines Barossa Valley
Charlie Melton is one of the saviours of Australian Shiraz along with Rocky O’Callaghan (ROCKFORD), Bob McLean (ST HALLETT) and others. In the late 1980s and early 90s he produced wines of such character and richness from dry-farmed (unirrigated) Barossa old-vine fruit that it rescued the grape from the also-ran category assigned to it in the Cabernet-fixated wine scene that prevailed in Australia at the time. Though Melton is based in the heart of the Barossa, grapes (whether owned, leased or bought-in) are sourced from throughout the area. Both French and American oak are used but the past decade has seen a trend towards the former.
Shiraz is arguably the best Melton wine made and he now focuses his energies on Kirsche Vineyard Shiraz from Flinders fruit and two limited releases, Voices of Angels (from the eden Valley) and Grains of Paradise (Barossa Valley). A straight Shiraz and Laura Shiraz are no longer made. One of Australia’s best rosés is based on Grenache, while Nine Popes is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Cabernet shows the rich, ripe fruit and oak character typical to all the reds. Made by the traditional method and from Cabernet as well as Shiraz, the Sparkling Red is a very good example of its type; it shows a rich plum, berry and chocolate character with a little age. More exotic again is Sotto di Ferro, made from Pedro Ximenez and Muscadelle grapes (90/10) dried ‘under the iron’ – beneath a corrugated iron roof. It is well-balanced and complex, including roasted nuts, honey, nougat and dried apricot flavours, with real depth and intensity. All the reds benefit from having at least 5 years’ age. Also made is Richlieu Grenache. Most recently, not one to rest on his laurels, Melton acquired 73 acres in High Eden in 2008 which has been planted primarily to Shiraz, Grenache together with a small field planting of those Châteauneuf-du-Pape varieties which he has managed to get through quarantine.
❁ Charles Melton Wines Barossa Valley www.charlesmeltonwines.com.au
Graeme (Charlie) Melton Krondorf Road, Tanunda SA 5352
Tel: 08 8563 3606 Fax: 08 8563 3422
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