`Rose of Virginia` Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

Charles Melton

Charles Melton Wines has produced premium Barossa red wines since 1984. At that...

time, Charlie and a small band of Barossa winemakers turned their winemaking efforts to what were then considered a couple of unfashionable varieties: Shiraz and Grenache. These wines were initially styled on those from the Rhône but are now considered leading examples of the varieties in their own right.

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Vineyards

At Charles Melton Wines, great emphasis is placed on the quality of fruit. All grapes are dry grown and harvested from the winery's own 80 acres of prime Barossa vineyard land, as well as from a select group of grapegrowers. Yields are extremely low with often only one tonne per half hectare and the vineyards are truly old with many exceeding 80 years.

Vintage Information

In 2017, there was record rainfall throughout the growing season but importantly it reduced to average in November during flowering and was dry during March, the later part of ripening. Record low temperatures were also recorded resulting in a late, very cool vintage. Flavours are intense and the natural acidity is striking.

Vinification

A number of key techniques are important to the Rose of Virginia. Cold soak on skins followed by clear settling of the juice helps heighten the aromatics, and co-fermentation of the major varieties delivers the superb hue. A six to eight week cool alcoholic fermentation followed, before bottling to retain as much youthful zest and life as possible.

Tasting Notes

This rosé has a fragrant Turkish Delight bouquet, with a little pepper and spice to add complexity. The usual unique vibrant cerise tint adds colour to the table. Balanced acidity, tannin and weight give the usual Rose of Virginia combination of richness yet crispness. It will retain its fruit sweetness and perfume over a couple of years at least.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 56% Grenache/Garnacha
22% Pinot Meunier
18% Cabernet Sauvignon
4% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Charles Melton
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 6.44g/l
Residual Sugar 7.5g/l
Wine pH 3.23