Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Region: South Australia
Vinification: 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).
Ageing/Maturation: 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 18 months before bottling
Charles Melton Father in Law Shiraz 2015
Juicy with a savoury aromatic, embellished by a little oak vanillin. This is a rich wine, the palate shows a mix of spicy tapenade and plush fruit sweetness on the mid palate.
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.