Charles Melton `Nine Popes` Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2010 (6 x 750mL), SA.

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Nine Popes is based on the French wine region, Chateauneuf du Pape, which when translated to English, stands for ‘New Castle of the Popes’. However, in many old-world languages, ‘nuef’ can mean both ‘nine’ and ‘new’. Given an Aussie twist by Charlie, this Shiraz/Grenache/Mataro blend was born in the mid-1980’s and has become an iconic wine world-wide.

SA - Barossa
South Australia

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep bright crimson in colour.


A reserved but distinct provencal herb nose with just a slight hint of green leaf to add pep to the nose. Will sweeten in perfume given some time in the bottle, although a little of the typical talcum powder perfume is already starting to show through.


Some apparent tannin at this youthful stage but well covered by the mid-palate sweetness and these will soften and smoothen given a short time in the cellar. The wine was matured in 80% French and 20% American oak of which a quarter was new.

SA - Barossa
Grape Style
Grenache Blends
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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Graeme 'Charlie' Melton was one of the wave of mid-80s Barossa winemakers who found themselves inspired by the wines of the Rhone Valley, particularly the red varietals of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Setting up his own winery in 1984, he drew on the lessons he had learnt from a decade of working for Peter Lehman and a trip to France and began to prune his vines vigourously, leaving them unirrigated, to increase fruit intensity at the expense of yield. It worked, stupendously well. Making a Sparkling Shiraz in his first vintage, he stepped out with his own interpretation of the wines from the Chateauneuf du Pape region in the Southern Rhone, and called it 'Nine Popes'. To this day, it is arguably the definitive Australian Grenache blend.Along with the Nine Popes, and the Sparkling Shiraz, Charlie Melton has found enormous popularity with one of Australia's best roses, the Rose of Virginia, named for his wife, old vine Shiraz and Grenache, and one of the Barossa's better Cabernet Sauvignons.His 5-red-star-red-name rating from James Halliday places him in the top 130 or so producers in the country, and deservedly so.

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