Nine Popes 2015
Charles Melton Wines. Barossa Valley. South Australia.
Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre.
Fantastisk vin med en duft man drømmer sig hen i. Syrlige kirsebær, brændte hindbær, kanel, nelikke, appelsin, kardemomme, anis. De gamle vinstokke giver vinen en helt særlig dybde med en dragende smagspalette med noter af kirsebær, julekage, hindbær, mandarin og kandiserede kirsebær.
En vin man får lyst til at sætte sig ned og blive et med.
Senest bedømt i april 2019.
Charles Melton var en af pionererne i Barossa Valley, og var blandt de første til at se kvaliteterne i de gamle vinsorter Grenache, Shiraz og Mourvedre. Hvor mange andre vinbønder erstattede de traditionelle vinstokke med andre mere populære vinsorter for den tid, værnede nogle få vinbønder, heriblandt Charles Melton, om de traditionsrige vinsorter.
Derfor råder Charles Melton også i dag over vinstokke, der er langt over 100 år gamle, blandt andet de gamle Barossa Valley Grenache bush vines, Eden Valley Mourvèdre bush vines og Shiraz vinstokkene anvendt i denne signaturvin Nine Popes. De lavtydende gamle vinstokke kombineret med dry grown vinmarker giver en fantastisk intensitet i druerne og resultatet er en GSM i den absolutte superliga.
4.3 point på vivino.com og vinder af Vivino’s 2019 Wine Style Awards: Australian Rhône Blend Red.
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Noter fra vinmageren
Mid to deep red with just a hint of amber edge, typical of Grenache. The initial aromatic is showing less Mediterranean garrigue and herb but more of sweet talc and salted caramel perfume. Some nice sweet cedar adds complexity but the 2015 vintage is less wild gypsy and more almost pinot like sweet red fruits.
Displaying the characteristics of the 2015 vintage, more fluidity plumper and open weave in texture. Similar to 2005 or 2009 but with less masculinity and a little more finesse.
An iconic label and iconic wine that’s been a feature of the Barossa Valley for the better part of 45 years. Dry-grown bushvine grenache is the dominant variety, co-fermented with old vine shiraz and a small percentage of mataro. It is matured for 2 years in French barriques, and although the colour isn’t deep, it has retained purple notes, and also great depth to the mouthfeel and sumptuous multifaceted red and purple flavours. Drink by 2030.
97 points. James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion
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.