Grape Variety: Grenache, Shiraz & Mourvedre
Region: South Australia
Vinification: Approximately 5% whole bunch with stems included, and 40% whole uncrushed berries were tipped into the tanks and topped with crushed/destemmed fruit. A two week cool fermentation followed, before the tanks were pressed into oak to undergo malolactic fermentation and “sur lie” barrique ageing for 24 months. (66% French oak, 34% American oak) of which 10% were new.
Ageing/Maturation: “Sur lie” barrique ageing for 24 months. (66% French oak, 34% American oak) of which 10% were new. The wine was left to clarify prior to bottling in late May 2016.
Charles Melton La Belle Mere GSM 2014
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.