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Charles Melton (Australia) Barrossa Shiraz 1997
Lovely fresh garnet colour. Marvellous nose with ripe raspberry and blackcurrant. There is a great sense of elegance about the fine red fruits on the nose, backed-up with gentle oaking. The palate displays fine tannins that are sweet and ripe giving that same raspbery fruit character a beautiful sense of roundness. Medium-bodied with great balance and very good length. Excellent (tasted blind) (03/00)
I had previously been very impressed by Melton's "Nine Popes" a Châteauneuf-du-Pape lookalike that has similar finesse and ripeness