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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»

Pertaringa Stage Left Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Merlot McLaren Vale South Australia
Even the finest Merlot is rarely seen front and centre as a pure varietal wine. Pertaringa manage an endowment of the finest McLaren Vale vineyards and can call on harvests of superior fruit for the construct of an exclusively Merlot wine. Layers of fleshy plum flavour, velvet textures and pliable tannins define the structure and style of Stage Left, essentially a splendid food friendly mode of Merlot, the first choice to accompany quails wrapped and grilled in pancetta or delicately braised game over red wine Jus and pureed parsnip grits.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$263.00
Bright scarlet colour. Blueberry perfumes, sweet cherries and spearmint over background dark chocolate notes. Plum and dark bramble palate, cherries and currant fruit flavours seasoned by a twist of piquant spice and spray of fragrant herbaceousness, all supported by lithe, velvet tannins. A perfect match to meatball pasta or ragu.
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