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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»

St Johns Road Prayer Garden Grenache CONFIRM VINTAGE

Grenache Barossa South Australia
There's a 120 year old patch of Grenache on the Riebke family vineyard at Ebenezer known as Prayer Garden, so named because the pruners and pickers must kneel to husband the ancient vines. Cuttings from Prayer Garden were transplanted to a flat on the neighbouring Jones Road property, they yield a vibrant style of Grenache that's brimming with character and charm. Fruit is treated to ten days of ferment in open two tonnes vats, followed by ten months in 500 litres oak puncheons. Cherries and raspberry, licorice, savouryness and a twist of warm gamey spice.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$323.00
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