Father in Law Shiraz 2015
Charles Melton Wines. Barossa Valley. South Australia.
En glimrende frugtdrevet Barossa Shiraz med noter af hasselnød, hindbær og solbær.
Senest bedømt i januar 2018.
Noter fra vinmageren
Sourced from the family vineyards in the Barossa Valley and the Clare Valley, the Father-In-Law Shiraz has a linear structure that is poised, rounded and spicy, with a long elegant finish.
A little rain in January and sunshine in February got the 2015 vintage off to a flying start; indeed one of the earliest starts ever! We harvested over 60% of our total crop in the first seven days, and the remainder over the following 43 days. The speedy start turned into a calm and benign March and April of perfect, mild conditions. Eden Valley especially benefited from the mildness.
Not black, but a deep crimson robe. Juicy, yet savoury aromatic, embellished by a little oak vanillin. A rich but not big palate with a lovely mix of spicy tapenade and plush fruit sweetness on the mid palate.
A reasonable but not intrusive lick of tannin will stand the wine in good stead for some years yet. Aged sur lie at our Krondorf Road Winery in a mix of French and American oak barriques for 20 months.
Predominately dry farmed Shiraz are both fully destemmed and also whole bunch fermented (approximately 5-10% most years). Kept quite cool during the fermentation phase (18 – 20ºC). After pressing off skins (both the free run and pressings are used) the wine is run into mostly older barriques and left to age on lees for 20 months before bottling.
Om Charles Melton Wines
Anbefalet af selveste Henschke, der bl.a. står bag en af Australiens mest ikoniske vine Hill Of Grace, er Charles Melton Wines et sted, der byder på noget helt særligt. Charles Melton Wines er et mindre dry grown winery beliggende i Barossa Valley ejet af winemaker Charles Melton og hans kone Virginia. Stedet er usandsynligt smukt og idyllisk og producerer nogle fantastiske vine.
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 Mourvedre. 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.
Who is Charles Melton?
To cut a long story short …A boy from Sydney named Graeme Melton, arrived in the Barossa Valley in 1973. Graeme and a mate needed jobs to fix their broken-down EH Holden ute to continue their road trip across Australia. There were two jobs going – one as a cellarhand at a local winery called Krondorf, and another pruning at a vineyard down the road. They flipped a coin – Graeme got the cellarhand job.
At Krondorf he met Barossa winemaking legend Peter Lehmann (at the time, chief winemaker for the Dalgety group, Stonyfield and Saltram), and moved with Peter when he set up his new winery 6 years later. Lehmann refused to call his protégé “Graeme”, hence “Charlie” was born – and has stuck!
Just to speed this up a bit… During the next 10 years, ‘Charlie’ honed his winemaking skills under Lehmann – and met his wife-to-be, Virginia. Fast enough? In that time, he also travelled to France, and developed the beginnings of what would become a life-long passion for the wines of the Rhone Valley – in particular the Southern Rhone region where Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre are blended with up to 11 other varieties, as in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation.
In 1984, Charlie purchased his first grapes to be made under the new “Charles Melton” label – and produced a Sparkling Red from old vines dry-grown in the Barossa. He soon splashed out again – this time purchasing 13 acres of Grenache and Shiraz. At that time, he also built the cellar door (“the barn”) and winery which still stands today on Krondorf Road, just outside Tanunda, in the valley of Barossa, in the state of South Australia.