Charlie Melton was one of the first to recognize the value and tradition of the Barossa Valley’s old-vine Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre vines. While others were pulling out vineyards of Shiraz to plant more fashionable varieties, Charlie and a small band of Barossa winemakers were convincing farmers to keep their historic vineyards.
These wines were initially styled on those from the Rhône but are now considered leading examples of the varieties in their own right. Charles Melton Wines has produced premium Barossa red wines since 1984. Charlie’s wines have wonderful balance and freshness, with the use of French oak giving them a supple texture and balance. The grapes are dry grown, chemical free, and harvested from the winery’s own 50 acres with key vineyards the Winery Block in Tanunda (planted 1947) and the Woodlands in Lyndoch, plus family growers.
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