Monday, April 12, 2010

2006 Charles Melton Nine Popes - Barossa Valley

It was a bottle of Nine Popes a few years back that really ignited my passion and love for wine. It’s a wine I’ve had a number of times since then. This is the first bottle I’ve had of the 2006 vintage and I reckon it’s the best Nine Popes I’ve had . . .

This is a superb expression of a Barossan style Rhone blend (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre). It’s a wine of elegance, structure and well integrated oak and yet still has the power, drive, and lovely ripe fruit that are hallmarks of any Barossan red worth its salt. The wine flows powerfully in a beautifully direct line along the palate, before finishing with great length, fine tannins, and persistence. Complex flavours of berry fruits, some gamey notes, and a touch of spice. It’s a beautiful wine to drink now, but everything is in place to suggest it will just get better over the next 5-10 years. This wine represents the Barossa at its best . . .


ABV: 14.5%
RRP: $57.50


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