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2012 NINE POPES, Charles Melton. Barossa Valley, Australia

Bin:  605

Alcohol percentage:  14.5%

Area:

The Barossa Valley is renowned for its potent and burly Shiraz made from old bush vines cooked through hot summers. Charlie Melton was one one of the pioneers for quality winemaking when he started in 1984. His style, whilst still intense and full-bodied, looks for a balance and freshness unusual in the area

Grape variety:

48% Grenache; 48% Shiraz; 4% Mataro (Mourvedredre); matured in French oak (25% new oak)

Producer:

Charlie modelled Nine Popes on Chateauneuf du Pape – he started with a Grenache dominated blend. The wine now has a world-wide reputation of its own; the Grenache tempering and softening the Shiraz, rather than dominating it

Maturity potential:

2015-2024. At its peak 2017-2022

Old Bridge rating:

I am not a huge fan of over-extracted raisiny Barossa reds. This is one of the exceptionally ‘pure’ examples

Press review:

91 points, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Nick Bulleid – “Rich and complex, with heaps of sweet, plummy fruit and chocolate. A little vanilla from new oak lifts the flavours further, but this sits well with the other characters. There‘s excellent depth of flavour and the wine finishes with balanced, if quite beefy, tannins.”

£34.00

£32.30 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£30.60 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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