The SMH Wine Of The Week this week is the Charles Melton ‘The Father In Law’ Shiraz 2006. Huon Hooke writes:

Charlie Melton dedicated this terrific, everyday drinking red to his father-in-law, Sydney Weckert. Melton advised him against taking up grape-growing in his retirement. Weckert, who was in his 70s, was told to “just play lawn bowls” but his Teutonic stubbornness prevailed.

The wine is great value and can be bought for as little as $19. Blended from Barossa, Clare and Southern Flinders Ranges grapes, it’s rich and meaty, deep and fleshy, with some spice as well as blackberry flavours, the tannins ample and supple throughout the palate. It has the structure to age well, although it drinks superbly now. Best now and for 10 years. 90/100.

Food – Most red meat dishes and all cheeses except blues. Meaty casseroles and stews are especially recommended.