Charles Melton Grains Of Paradise 2017

Charles Melton Grains Of Paradise 2017

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Charles Melton Grains Of Paradise

Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia

Vintage: 2017

Bottle size: 75cl

Grape: Shiraz

ABV: 14.5%

A wonderful expression of the traditional Barossa style. Grains of Paradise has dark, sweet aromas of chocolate, vanilla, spicy fruit cake and mocha. These lead to a rich and dense palate with weighty tannin and a smooth finish.

Shiraz grapes for the 'Grains of Paradise' come from the finest vineyard sites in the Barossa. For the 2017 vintage, much of the fruit was sourced from Charlie's Nitschke vineyard in Krondorf. Relatively youthful at 20 years old, this vineyard produces some quality Shiraz. Most of the vineyard sits on loam and red clay; the vines are dry grown and spur pruned.

Charlie Melton was one of the first to recognise the value and tradition of the Barossa Valley’s old-vine Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre (Mataro). While others were grubbing up 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 in their own right.