Charles Melton Nine Popes Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Museum Release 2009


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Barossa Valley, Australia
95 points




Premium Barossa Red wines from Charles Melton are crafted to reflect the rhythm of the seasons, the richness of our earth and the quiet patience of its people. Charles Melton Nine Popes 2009 Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia Nine Popes is a grenache-based red that is mixed with old 80-year-old parcels of Barossa shiraz and mourvèdre in between Williamstown and Ebenezer.

It is all whole bunch fermented and the cap is managed via pigeage and hand plunging, as well as daily pump-overs throughout fermentation. The wine aged in a high percentage of French oak for 20 months.

Look for a fragrant spicy red with a slightly soupy texture. The palate is a mix of red and black liquorice and plummy, dark red berry fruit with earthy, cinnamon, savoury. A bit soft and unkempt it the back end but otherwise solid. Serve with lamb or beef dishes.


95 points
Tyson Stelzer

Charlie Melton loves pinot but wouldn't dream of growing it in the Barossa, so he's inspired to make Nine Popes in a similar way. Or, in his words, "not too boofy or heavy!" While others have been playing with the Burgundian technique of whole bunch fermentation only recently, Charlie has been on to it for twenty years. 2009 was a strong season for Barossa grenache and Charlie describes it as more "Burgundian in structure", yet juicier, plumper and sweeter.

Shiraz leads his Nine Popes blend this year, with strong support from grenache and just a touch of mataro. The result is beautifully textured and finely poised, uniting dark berry fruits, violets, exotic spice and red liquorice with supple milk chocolate texture. It's an earlier drinking Nine Popes, and promises plenty of crowd-pleasing appeal.

93 points


Screw cap
Serving Temp.
8-11 °C
Cellar until
Food pairing
Osso Bucco, Beef and Venison

Tasting Profile

Very flattering broad sweet palate with obvious spicy, toasty note. Mid-weight, appealing and enjoyable.

Charles Melton Nine Popes Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Museum Release 2009

Charles Melton Nine Popes Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Museum Release 2009

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