97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
Charles Melton Wines has produced premium Barossa red wines, always at their winery on Krondorf Road, since 1984. It was in the mid 80’s that Charlie and a small band of Barossa winemakers turned their winemaking efforts to what was considered then a couple of unfashionable varieties; Shiraz and Grenache.
A mix of hand plunged & pump over techniques in the traditional style influenced this wine. No whole bunch is undertaken for the Grains of Paradise and the wine is finished in barrique with all the press wine included. American Oak is sent to France for a 36 month European seasoning before being coopered into barriques using the immersion bending technique The wine is then aged “sur lie” to give our interpretation of the traditional Barossa style with a contemporary twist.
Deep colour, darkly scented plum pudding lift with some fine sweet oak present. Generous mouth filling width to the palate. Spicy long flavours with apparent but resolved tannins. Rich but balanced, showing all that is best in the traditional Barossa style. Lovely complex length of flavours to the finish.
“Aged on lees for 24 months in a 60/40% mix of American and French barriques, the American oak seasoned for 3 years in France and coopered using the immersion bending technique. The bouquet is exceptionally complex and fragrant, with spiced plum and oak translating to the equally complex medium-bodied palate. Its fundamental elegance is captured by the long palate and aftertaste. A wine with unlimited exploration opportunities.” – 97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday