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Charles Melton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2001

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

The 2001 Charles Melton Shiraz is an intensely concentrated, pure, spicy and rich red wine produced from old vines. Charles found that his Barossa old vine vineyards produce lower yields, and therefore concentrate more energy into fewer berries. All these vineyards are "dry-grown" – a strategy of not irrigating the vines, so they produce intense, concentrated flavors, undiluted by water. The proof is in the bottle.

"...the vines that create these grapes range from 30 to more than 100 years old and the blend includes all the pressings - which by this wines remarkable balance implies just how perfectly ripe Melton got the grapes in 01."
-Wine & Spirits

"...Full-bodied, powerful, and potent, with surprising purity as well as overall symmetry for a wine of its size, it will age for 5-10 years."
-Wine Advocate

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Charles Melton

Charles Melton Wines

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Charles Melton Wines, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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One of the Barossa Valley’s great characters, Charlie Melton has a passion for making Rhone style wines from some of Australia’s oldest vines. Shiraz, grenache, mouvedre and cabernet fruit is hand picked from ancient dry farmed vineyards, and transformed into wines of great depth, concentration and character.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

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