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Charles Melton Nine Popes Shiraz Grenache Mourverdre

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Charles Melton Nine Popes Shiraz Grenache Mourverdre

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Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Charlie Melton loves pinot but wouldn’t dream of growing it in the Barossa, so he’s inspired to make Nine Popes in a similar way. Or, in his words, “not too boofy or heavy!” While others have been playing with the Burgundian technique of whole bunch fermentation only recently, Charlie has been on to it for twenty years. 2009 was a strong season for Barossa grenache and Charlie describes it as more “Burgundian in structure”, yet juicier, plumper and sweeter. Shiraz leads his Nine Popes blend this year, with strong support from grenache and just a touch of mataro. The result is beautifully textured and finely poised, uniting dark berry fruits, violets, exotic spice and red liquorice with supple milk chocolate texture. It’s an earlier drinking Nine Popes, and promises plenty of crowd-pleasing appeal.
Wine Taste Special Edition 88 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
The bouquet offers a hedonistic blend of sweet red and black fruits, liqueur-soaked plums, licorice and bramble; the palate is sweet-fruited and certainly warm, with a long and succulent finish. Shiraz/Grenache.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The classic blended benchmark wine for the Barossa; this has great form here in 09, showing a wealth of ripe, dark fruits amid nutty oak and earthy complexity; the layers of complexity are an inherent feature here. The palate is juicy, rich and powerful; it still allows grenache to take flight, with red berry flavours ahead of strapping, rich tannins that anchor it all in place reliably.
Good Wine Guide 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Very bright but rather cedary, oaky aromas of blackberries, dark plums and blueberries backed by nuances of iodide and graphite precede a long, smooth, sweetly fruited and faintly raisined, currant-like palate whose deep flavours of black and blue fruits are framed by firmish, fine-grained and powdery tannins. Typically rich, elegant and balanced, it finishes with lingering nuances of blue fruits and fresh acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
The first sensation is of warm Barossa earth and a gently rich, comforting red; this is driven by shiraz and there's a spicy, fragrant edge across the top of cedary oak, some freshly tanned leather and plenty of fresh plum and black berry fruits bubbling away. Makes a complete impression - it's all here. The palate is balanced and very supple, ripe, smooth and even, showing poise and richness in a superbly crafted structure. Flavours of dark berries and spice run deep through the finish. Elegant and brimming with Barossa charm.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Angus Hughson (2006 Vintage) says
Bright deep ruby colour - generous, open knit ripe fruit style. Dry, lacking acid - mid weight fruit - some complexity and earthy spice flaovurs. Very good length.
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Due to the careful blend; wonderful complexity and an extra depth of interest offering full fresh berry fruit and length.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A synergistic blend (Shiraz/Grenache) with no confection characters whatsoever; has wonderful texture in the layers of black and red fruits, oak and tannins in a calibrated support role.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Australia's leading grenache, shiraz and mataro blend is in fine form. It's quite beautiful, really. It's complex and meaty, flushed with raspberried, blackberried, boysenberried fruit flavour and yet is long, fine and structured too. It has the out-and-out power and texture to thrill as a young wine, and the length and finesse and tannin to perform terrifically in the cellar. This is a great example of Charlie Melton's Barossa flagship.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Plush raspberry fruits and the autosuggestion of Provencale garrigue on the bouquet; loaded with sweet fruit and framed by well-handled oak, structure for a long life ahead.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Smooth, soft and approachable, this very fruit-driven, concentrated and deeply ripened blend is significantly less funky and evolved than many other expressions of this style. Floral and perfumed, its heady spicy and confiture-like aromas of blackberries, blueberries and dark plums overlie spicy nuances of cloves, cinnamon and licorice. Bursting with vibrant small berry flavour and supported by fine powdery tannins, it's long and unusually shapely deliciously fresh and persistent. It finishes with faint earthy, currant-like notes.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Complex, ripe, but not jammy; very good structure to the medium-bodied, multi-fruit and spice flavours; good extract and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Fragrant, spicy aromas; has far more structure than many such blends, but not over the top; a delicious compote of black fruits, red fruits and a variety of spices.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Savoury, meaty and earthy, this is a fine-grained red of full to medium weight and a licorice-like bouquet of spicy, chocolatey and leathery fruit. Long and smooth, its restrained and earthy expression of dark plums, blackberries and minerally, bitumen-like undertones is framed by a drying spine of fine-grained tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Fragrant blackberry, plum and anise; excellent balance and structure; fine tannins and subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
The bouquet is spicy and lively, with excellent fruit and oak balance and integration; the juicy/spicy palate is likewise complex but elegant and long, a true reflection of southern Rhone style.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; complex, scented, savoury cedar aromas are followed by a medium-bodied palate, with fine-grained tannins and subtle oak; more elegant than lush.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; a dense and complex bouquet with a mix of chocolate, berry, mint and vanilla oak. There are similarly rich, mouthfilling chocolate, blackberry and mint flavours, with good tannin balance and well-judged oak.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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