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Graeme Melton and a mate were travelling across South Australia in 1973, their EH Holden was in dire need of maintenance and Graeme took up casual work at a passing winery. The site supervisor was Peter Lehmann and young Graeme had his epiphany on the road to Barossa Valley. Lehmann suggested that Graeme change his name to Charlie and take the pilgrimmage to Vallee Rhone. Charlie became prepossessed with the culture of old vines Grenache, Shiraz and Mourverdre. He returned to the Barossa, at a time when old vineyard fruit was made into flagon Port and growers were destroying their historic sites in return for government grants. Charlie emabarked on a crusade to conserve and restore the ancient vines, establishing his cellars at Tanunda along Krondorf Road. He has since retained the most precious parcels, once destined for the logger's axe, they are now the genesis of fruit for the distinguished Barossa brand known as Charles.. Melton makes a mean mourvedre»

Scarpantoni Estate Riserva CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Here is the culmination of over fifty years viticultural and winemaking expertise, only ever produced in the finest years. An accord of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, exuding intense aromas of blackcurrant, mocha and spice, the palate is rich and robust, the tannins are mouthfiling and refined. Estate Reserve is a wine of exceptional quality, of perfectly framed fruit and pliable long lived tannins, for those wanting the reward of genuinely outstanding McLaren Vale Cabernet Shiraz, built to go the distance by a Jimmy Watson winning team.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$509.50
Domenico Scarpantoni originally worked for Hardy Wines and Seaview. To this day, Scarpantoni is very much a family business with every step of production, from viticulture to the packaged product done entirely on the premises. The last two decades have seen major expansions to the Scarpantoni Estate, the quality of the wines, whilst excellent in earlier vintages, has reached new highs. There have been renewed plantings of premium Shiraz, a wetlands development, a fully renovated winery and cellar door, and the restoration of the estate's historical homestead. The Scarpantoni family maintain complete control over every stage of the winemaking process, to ensure vintages of the highest standard.
Deep red-purple colour. Aromas of licorice and of cherry, leather and mint and spice characters, followed by leaf and berry aromas. Ripe blackcurrants and plums interweave with attractive cedary new oak and mocha barrel ferment influences, while the palate is generous and smooth - a delightful marriage of ripe fruit with sweet oak.
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