2017 Charles Melton The Father in Law Shiraz


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Sweet spicy almost Christmas plum pudding scent, rich and warm. Full but not overly big, showing the typical bit of Clare Valley linear structure (in contrast to the Father in Law’s, shall we say, less linear profile….. not a case of the grapes resembling the grower!) Except of course in other qualities, openness, generosity, warmth…. (am I out of hole yet?) The perfect family gathering Shiraz.

The new release of what has become a foundation stone wine for us. An almost seamless follow on from the 2016. Obviously a little fresher and perkier than the ’16 at this stage, but it will follow a very similar path. Showing some red berry perfume and a light dusting of savoury oak that will develop with bottle age. Rich and soft in the mouth with a structure between medium and full bodied, but with a smooth mid palate and a lick of soft tannins. Will settle in the short term, but will build richness and complexity the longer it is in the bottle.

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