Uniquely Australian, "Father Grand" is a blend of many outstanding tawny components based on Shiraz, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, with a minimum blended average age of ten years, separately matured in seasoned old oak casks. The result yields a wine of generous concentration, vitality, exceptional balance of fruit and oak age complexity. The tawny lingers in the mouth, finishing clean and tight.
"The 10 year old, pale amber-tawny colored Father Grand Tawny is intensely scented of dried mulberries, sultanas, treacle and caramel with a marmalade lift. Big, expressive and rich with a nuttiness in the mouth, it finishes very long and very sweet." 90/100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate
Charles Melton's Nine Popes is a nod to the great wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is as rich, powerful and beautifully balanced as the best examples from the Rhône in France. Almost a permanent feature in Matthew Jukes' 100 Best Australian Wines.
The wine is aged on lees for 24-28 months in French oak, of which 60% is new oak. The wine is then naturally settled and bottled without fining. Nine Popes is deep red in colour with a floral bouquet. The palate is structured and spicy with sweet red fruit and floral flavours which will develop further over time. It is rich and complex in the Popes tradition.
Something of a summer farmyard on the nose. Multi-layered, honest, 100% drinkable. Jancisrobinson.com "Big and bold. Pretty sweet and tarry. Nice dry finish. Arguably a good halfway house between new and old styles of Oz Shiraz"
One of Australia's greatest Shirazes, from a vineyard first planted in 1912.
"The classic Edelstone aromatic profile - sage, bay leaves, pepper both black and Sichuan. Blacker fruits on the palate, rubbed sage and fine cedar too. Theres a lovely momentum to this, an elegant flow across the palate finishing with the gentle grip of fine brick dust tannins. A spectacular Edelstone, one of the greats."
Nick Ryan. The Australian. May 2021
Comes in a presentation box.