`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 Barossan 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 grape growers. 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

Average winter and spring rainfall set the vineyard up for a great season. Warm and dry conditions in late spring and early summer encouraged early ripening and harvest began the first week of February.

Vinification

The fruit was crushed and destemmed, then cold soaked on its skins for 48 hours. The juice was then drained and the skins pressed. Only the free-run juice was used for the Rose of Virginia. The juice was then cold settled, and racked off its lees after two days. The wine was fermented at low temperatures (10-12ºC) in stainless steel tanks to retain the elegant fruit and floral aromatics.

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 2018
Grape varieties 64% Grenache/Garnacha
27% Syrah/Shiraz
9% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Charles Melton
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 6.31g/l
Residual Sugar 7.4g/l
Wine pH 3.29