`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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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

A little rain in January and sunshine in February got the 2015 vintage off to a flying start; indeed one of the earliest starts ever! We harvested over 60% of our total crop in the first seven days, and the remainder over the following 43 days. The speedy start turned into a calm and benign March and April of perfect, mild conditions. Eden Valley especially benefited from the mildness.


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 is followed, before bottling to retain as much youthful zest and life as possible.

Tasting Notes

Fragrant Turkish Delight bouquet, with a little pepper and spice to help keep it grown up. 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 2015
Grape varieties 60% Grenache/Garnacha
17% Pinot Meunier
13% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Pinot Noir
2% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Charles Melton
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 6.9g/l
Residual Sugar 6g/l
Wine pH 3.2