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Charles Melton Grains of Paradise Shiraz 2019 (Barossa Valley)

Charles Melton Grains of Paradise Shiraz 2019 (Barossa Valley)

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Charles Melton Grains of Paradise Shiraz 2019 vintage has a deep colour. Evocative aromas, powerfully sweet, expressive Barossa Christmas cake spices. With the cloves apparent, even more so when you taste it, as if you had put a clove bulb on your tongue, or you had spooned the leftovers from the mixing bowl and had the clove bulb in it. Nutmeg & mint perfumes with it.

"Featuring shiraz from three of the Charles Melton estate vineyards; matured in American oak (40% new) for 28 months. No shortage of plush blackberry, black cherry and dark plum fruits on a base of fine spice, licorice, earth, dark chocolate and roasting meats. Superfine, tightly packed tannins and bright acidity provide the frame and the is a nice sense of composure to the wine as it slowly fades away."
94 Points - Dave Brookes, Halliday's Wine Companion, 2nd August 2023

Wine Specifications

Variety: Shiraz

Size: 750mL

Region: Barossa Valley

ABV: 14.5%

Vintage: 2019

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Winery & Vintage Info

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.

Grains of Paradise is the wineries interpretation of the classic Barossa Shiraz style, and is vinified accordingly. Small berry Shiraz bunches are de-stemmed but not crushed and fermented for about 10 days or so at a temperature range of 18ËšC-22CËš, with careful cap management using both pump overs and some hand plunged small batch lots. The oak influence on the Grains of Paradise is deliberately American, but with a Gallic twist. The wineries timber is sent from the Missouri forest to France for a 3 year seasoning before being coopered by Saury using their water immersion bending technique and given a light toast. This sweetens and enhances the aromatic of the oak, taking away any overt timber characteristics. Sur lie ageing adds further richness and weight. Winery Notes

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